California Drought Recovery - NBC Southern California

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

Jan 16, 2016

CA Considers Easing Some Water Restrictions

CA Considers Easing Some Water Restrictions

California cities that are hot, dry or crowded, or have managed to come up with new sources of water, might be able to get a slight break in the state's drought-time water-conservation targets, state officials...

Dec 1, 2015

Drought-Dry Island Looks to Ocean

Drought-Dry Island Looks to Ocean

During a previous drought more than two decades ago, Catalina Island moved to the vanguard of desalination in California with a plant to make seawater drinkable by removing its salts.

Jul 22, 2015

Santa Barbara OKs Funds to Tap Ocean for Fresh Water

Santa Barbara OKs Funds to Tap Ocean for Fresh Water

The Santa Barbara City Council has unanimously voted to spend $55 million to reactivate the city's desalination plant.

Apr 7, 2015

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.

Apr 3, 2015

Beating the Drought With Desalination

Beating the Drought With Desalination

Desalinating ocean water offers the promise of immunity to drought, but cost and environmental coastal issues have held up all but a handful of projects.

Apr 8, 2014

Santa Barbara Nears Move to Mandatory Water Conservation

Santa Barbara Nears Move to Mandatory Water Conservation

A generation after Santa Barbara became the first Southern California city to build a municipal water desalination plant, the city is increasing groundwater pumping, preparing to impose mandatory water rationing...

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.

Feb 8, 2014

Water Purification Tech Promises Drought Relief

Water Purification Tech Promises Drought Relief

Drought pressure has renewed interest in obtaining drinking water by recycling treated sewage water, already used for irrigation and industrial uses. Desalination projects are also underway.

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