Running Dry

Running Dry

Coverage of California's three-year dry spell, one of the most severe droughts on record

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 08:21 AM PST

LADWP Tests Earthquake Resistant Water Pipes

LADWP Tests Earthquake Resistant Water Pipes

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is testing water pipes that have been very successful in Japan, even following major earthquakes.

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 at 01:18 PM PST

LA Rolls Out the Rain Barrels

LA Rolls Out the Rain Barrels

The free barrels distributed to residents registered for the pilot program will collect rainwater, which has been scarce during one of California's most severe droughts on record.

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 at 08:14 AM PST

Minor Drought Improvement After Season's First Rainfall

Minor Drought Improvement After Season's First Rainfall

A brief break in California's dry spell did little to improve drought conditions.

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 at 07:43 AM PST

SF Uses Least Water of Any City in State

SF Uses Least Water of Any City in State

The drought's gold star award for least water required goes to San Francisco, where residents use on average 45.7 gallons of water per day.

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 at 10:10 AM PST

"Save Money, Save Water": CA Voters Pass Fiscal Props

"Save Money, Save Water": CA Voters Pass Fiscal Props

California voters passed a pair of ballot propositions that were touted by Gov. Jerry Brown as essential to the state's fiscal future.

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 07:26 PM PDT

California's Historic Drought Takes Bite Out of Rice Harvest

California's Historic Drought Takes Bite Out of Rice Harvest

California's deepening drought is shrinking its rice harvest, and that's bad news for farmers, migratory birds and sushi lovers.

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 07:13 AM PDT

South Bay Water District to Consider Tiered Rates

South Bay Water District to Consider Tiered Rates

The Santa Clara Valley Water District may soon implement more water restrictions after calls to conserve have failed to reach a 20 percent reduction goal.

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 10:39 PM PDT

Claremont Water War Will Go to Voters for Decision

Claremont Water War Will Go to Voters for Decision

High rates and unresponsiveness are among the complaints made by some Claremont residents against the privately-owned utility, Golden State Water Company, that delivers water in the city.

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 07:41 AM PDT

Governor Spends Big on Two Ballot Measures

Governor Spends Big on Two Ballot Measures

Gov. Jerry Brown reports spending $13.5 million this month to support two measures on the November ballot.

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 05:20 AM PDT

Drought's New Ally: Quagga Mussel

Drought's New Ally: Quagga Mussel

In the seven years since an invasive pest known as the quagga mussel infested the Colorado river system, water managers have been largely able to keep it from affecting water deliveries.

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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.

 

Water Use Calculator: Use this tool to calculate how much water is saved by following some common conservation methods. 

 

Drought Effects Over Time: California has faced several dry spells throughout its history. View photos of drought effects over time.

 

 

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