Running Dry

Running Dry

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

Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 at 08:31 PM PDT

Funding for Lawn Replacement Program Runs Dry

Funding for Lawn Replacement Program Runs Dry

A popular water-saving rebate program that subsidized the cost of replacing lawns with more drought-friendly plants has run out of funding, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California said Wednesday.

Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 at 08:38 AM PDT

El Niño FAQ

El Niño FAQ

What is El Niño and what does it mean for Southern California? Click here to find out.

Monday, Jul 6, 2015 at 08:17 AM PDT

Saving Water Comes at a Cost for Some Californians

Saving Water Comes at a Cost for Some Californians

Water departments are increasing rates and adding fees because they're losing money as their customers conserve in response to California's four-year dry spell

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 at 08:00 PM PDT

'Take A Turn' Saving California's Precious Water

'Take A Turn' Saving California's Precious Water

As California sits stuck in the fourth year of a grappling drought, the Metropolitan Water District is rolling out a new media campaign urging people to save every precious drop.

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 at 07:22 AM PDT

California Cities Show Biggest Water Savings Yet

California Cities Show Biggest Water Savings Yet

California water regulators say cities showed their best drought conservation yet by cutting water use 29 percent in May compared to two years ago.

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 at 10:16 PM PDT

World’s Largest Water Purification Plant Expanded

World’s Largest Water Purification Plant Expanded

Orange County celebrated its world-renowned water purification system Friday morning, which after its first expansion now produces 100 million gallons of purified water a day.

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 at 08:57 AM PDT

Residents, City Clash Over Drought Plan For Parks

Residents, City Clash Over Drought Plan For Parks

A drought-mitigation plan that involved killing off grass at a park has some residents at odds with the city as communities search for ways to address the state's dry spell.

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 at 02:29 PM PDT

Record Cuts for Farmers With Senior Water Rights

Record Cuts for Farmers With Senior Water Rights

Drought-stricken California has ordered the largest cuts on record for farmers holding some of the state's strongest water rights, which date to more than a century ago.

Friday, Jun 12, 2015 at 02:22 PM PDT

Pacific "Blob" Inching Closer to CA: NOAA

Pacific "Blob" Inching Closer to CA: NOAA

Scientists have been watching it since 2013: an unnaturally warm patch of the Pacific Ocean, a thousand feet long and a thousand feet wide, and growing. They call it “the blob." NOAA data show the so-called blob...

Friday, Jul 17, 2015 at 05:07 PM PDT
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By Jonathan Lloyd

Live Fire Training With Cal Fire Firefighters

Cal Fire firefighters conduct live fire training June 3, 2015 in Mt. See Full Gallery

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