Running Dry

Running Dry

Coverage of California's historic dry spell, one of the most severe droughts on record

Tuesday, Apr 7, 2015 at 11:34 AM PDT

SoCal Desalination Plant to Be Largest in Western Hemisphere

SoCal Desalination Plant to Be Largest in Western Hemisphere

A Southern California desalination plant set to open this fall will be the largest in the Western Hemisphere and the only water supply in San Diego not dependent on rainfall or a snowpack.

Tuesday, Apr 7, 2015 at 07:39 PM PDT

Calif. Sets Water Use Targets Amid Drought

Calif. Sets Water Use Targets Amid Drought

California cities face mandatory targets to slash water use as much as 35 percent while regulators warn voluntary conservation hasn't been enough in the face of a devastating drought.

Monday, Apr 6, 2015 at 04:28 AM PDT

Calif. Gov Defends Drought Order That Doesn't Limit Farmers

Calif. Gov Defends Drought Order That Doesn't Limit Farmers

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday defended his order requiring Californians statewide to cut back on their water use in a historic mandate that spares those who consume the most — farmers.

Sunday, Apr 5, 2015 at 11:39 AM PDT

CA Drought Prompts Possible New Water Restrictions

CA Drought Prompts Possible New Water Restrictions

Farms and other Californians that have been shielded from water reductions because of century-old claims could face new restrictions, the State Water Resources Control Board said Friday.

Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 at 11:05 AM PDT

California Drought Images: Disappearing Water

California Drought Images: Disappearing Water

Dramatic images illustrate the severity of California's drought with past and recent images from around the state, now in its fourth consecutive dry year.

Friday, Apr 3, 2015 at 08:07 AM PDT

QUIZ: CA's New Water Restrictions

QUIZ: CA's New Water Restrictions

Sweeping new water-use restrictions will go into effect across California, Governor Jerry Brown ordered Wednesday, April 1. But do you really know what the mandatory restrictions mean for you?

Friday, Apr 3, 2015 at 05:33 PM PDT

Caltrans Sets Goal to Reduce Water Use By 50 Percent

Caltrans Sets Goal to Reduce Water Use By 50 Percent

Caltrans on Friday announced it has set a goal of reducing its water use by 50 percent.

Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 at 09:41 AM PDT

Easy Ways to Conserve Water

Easy Ways to Conserve Water

Californians are being asked to conserve more water than ever before -- here's how.

Friday, Apr 3, 2015 at 06:41 AM PDT

5 Key Things to Know About California's Drought

 5 Key Things to Know About California's Drought

The stubborn drought gripping California is dragging into a fourth year, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown this week to call for mandatory cutbacks in water use across the state. The drastic action marked the...

Friday, Apr 3, 2015 at 07:53 PM PDT

Drought DIY: SoCal Water Savers Tackle Their Turf

Drought DIY: SoCal Water Savers Tackle Their Turf

With the announcement of new water restrictions in California, this weekend may be a big one for homeowners looking for the quickest, easiest and cheapest ways to make their lawns more drought-tolerant.

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Coverage of California's water crisis and updates on what might be the state's worst drought on record. Visit this page for video, galleries and reports on what's being done to address the problem.
 

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Resources

Drought Impacts Map: Use this interactive map to see how the drought has affected agriculture, energy, plants and wildlife, water supply, industry and fire hazard.

 

How Much Rain Do We Need?: This tool calculates how much precipitation is required to end current drought conditions.

 

California Drought Monitor: A weekly update on drought severity in California, including a drought monitor map and short- and long-term outlooks.

 

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