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California moves to restrict water pumping by pre-1914 rights holders

Published: 
Wed, 06/24/2015 (All day)

For the first time in nearly 40 years, state regulators are telling more than 100 growers and irrigation districts with some of the oldest water rights in California that they have to stop drawing supplies from drought-starved rivers and streams in the Central Valley.

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Your Dog Won’t Be the Only One Drinking From the Toilet in the Future

Published: 
Wed, 06/24/2015 (All day)

The next big source of drinking water may be your toilet.

As a record-breaking drought drags on in California and elsewhere, regulators and residents are overcoming squeamishness about recycling wastewater—yes, sewage—to boost scarce water supplies. These so-called toilet-to-tap projects have been taking hold in the American West, Australia, and Europe, and the state of California is now considering vastly expanding such efforts.

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The U.S. Could Get a Third of Its Electricity From Wind Power—and Save Billions of Gallons of Water

Published: 
Tue, 05/26/2015 (All day)

Could the United States get as much as 35 percent of its electricity from wind power within 35 years?

Absolutely, says the U.S. Department of Energy in a new report that details the benefits of replacing fossil fuel power plants with millions of wind turbines generating carbon-free electricity.

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More drought-tolerant landscaping incentives could come from Metropolitan Water District

Published: 
Tue, 05/26/2015 (All day)

The board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District will consider a proposal today to add $350 million to its budget to provide rebates and incentives for Southland residents to remove water-guzzling turf and install low-water-use fixtures.

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Water Flowing From Toilet to Tap May Be Hard to Swallow

Published: 
Mon, 05/18/2015 (All day)

Water spilled out of a spigot, sparklingly clear, into a plastic cup. Just 45 minutes earlier, it was effluent, piped over from Orange County’s wastewater treatment plant next door. At a specialized plant, it then went through several stages of purification that left it cleaner than anything that flows out of a home faucet or comes in a brand-name bottle.