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To save water, new California homes will have less lawn

Published: 
Wed, 07/15/2015 (All day)

The days of expansive lawns carpeting the space around new homes are numbered in California.

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California residents cut water use by hefty 29% in May, officials say

Published: 
Thu, 07/02/2015 (All day)

Drought-weary California received encouraging news Wednesday when officials announced that residential water use had dropped 29% during the month of May -- the first real indication that the state might meet unprecedented conservation reductions imposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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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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California water use declines 13.5%, state board reports

Published: 
Tue, 06/02/2015 (All day)

Californians used 13.5% less water in April compared to the same month in 2013 in response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s historic executive order requiring increased conservation in the fourth year of drought, the State Water Resources Board reported Tuesday.

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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.