California Drought Recovery - NBC Southern California

Coverage of one of California's most severe dry spells on record and its dramatic turnaround

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017

Drought's End Means California Beachgoers Get Showers Back

Drought's End Means California Beachgoers Get Showers Back

California surfers are stoked after showers at state beaches that were turned off during the drought are flowing once again.

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015

SoCal City May Ban Construction of New Pools

SoCal City May Ban Construction of New Pools

Laguna Beach may prohibit the construction of new pools, given the state's extreme drought conditions, according to a new city ordinance.

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015

State Parks and Beaches to Turn Off Rinse Showers

State Parks and Beaches to Turn Off Rinse Showers

Starting July 15, the rinse stations at state parks and beaches statewide will be turned off in an effort to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's 25 percent water use reduction mandate.

Tuesday, Apr 7, 2015

Newport Beach Blasted For Water Wasting

Newport Beach Blasted For Water Wasting

Business and homeowners in Newport Beach are taking steps towards conserving water that will hopefully add up in the fight against California’s drought and limit the fines the city faces for not meeting...

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015

"Smart Meters" Crack Down on Water Wasters

"Smart Meters" Crack Down on Water Wasters

New high-tech "smart meters" are helping the city of Long Beach crack down on water wasters.

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014

Water Agencies Find Further Conservation Gains to Be Elusive

Water Agencies Find  Further Conservation Gains to Be Elusive

The two largest cities in Los Angeles County have already imposed water waste restrictions similar to the regulations that will take effect statewide next month. Though already empowered to impose fines,...

Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014

OC Tries for "Drought-Proof" Desalination Plant

OC Tries for "Drought-Proof" Desalination Plant

Technology for taking the salt out of seawater has been available for decades, and is widely used in the arid Middle East, but has been too costly to make inroads in California.

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014

City OKs Toughest Water Restrictions in SoCal

City OKs Toughest Water Restrictions in SoCal

Some of the toughest water restrictions in Southern California were approved Thursday, after a splash of rain from a quick-moving storm and a heavier system in the forecast inspired muted celebration in...

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