July 5, 2008 |
It's another hot summer, and California is officially in a drought, according to the Governator. A Los Angeles company, Cyber Rain Inc., has come out with a water-saving solution. The doodad, called Cyber-Rain XCI, attaches to sprinkler systems and wirelessly looks up online weather forecasts to determine how much to water the lawn. Hot days will see Cyber-Rain doling out more water. Cool, cloudy days would result in less watering. And, of course, the gadget lays off the drink entirely on rainy days.
June 22, 2008 |
The Bush administration said it would put in place a rating system for nursing homes by the end of the year. It's designed to give consumers another tool to consider when shopping for a nursing home. The ratings would be placed on a government website. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it would seek comment from the industry and consumers to determine what criteria to use. Federal officials also unveiled new regulations that would require all nursing homes to have sprinkler systems by 2013.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2007 |
When Long Beach launched tough watering restrictions last month, city officials asked residents to report leaky sprinklers and other wasteful water practices. So far, 428 complaints have been logged, 83 of them targeting leaking sprinkler systems in city parks, street medians and along freeways. In call after call, citizens asked: Why are public sprinklers spewing water across sidewalks? Why do sprinklers run in parks at times that residents are barred from watering their own lawns?
August 31, 2007 |
The absence of a working sprinkler system in the former Deutsche Bank Building where two firefighters died Aug. 18 was not an accident, city and state officials said Thursday. Shutting off the system was a deliberate decision made by regulators well before workers started taking apart the toxic, flammable building. Explanations differ as to why and exactly when the building's sprinklers were shut off.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2007 |
Fire sprinklers at a Los Angeles International Airport terminal turned on Sunday after a water pipe broke, dousing passengers waiting for flights or picking up their bags. Terminal 1 was temporarily evacuated, and the baggage claim and screening areas experienced minor flooding, said airport spokesman Marshall Lowe. At the Southwest Airlines check-in counter, computers were covered in plastic.
HOME & GARDEN
November 16, 2006
RE "For Peace in the Garden: Just Let it Be," [Oct. 26]: I hope you inspire many people since you hit the big points of saving our money and saving our oceans. Plus, imagine! Being able to enjoy our yards because they are quiet and take less work. I have fooled around with native plants for 20 years. I am about to take out most of the old St. Augustine lawn and put in much-needed new drip/sprinkler systems and Mediterranean plants, along with a few California natives. A mini Getty Villa here in northwest Alhambra.