CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 |
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Saturday to free up the state's water supplies and aid residents who face hardship because of the drought, according to a release from his office. More than $687 million will go to drought relief, money that will fund housing and food for workers directly affected by the drought and projects aimed at more efficiently capturing water, the release said. “Legislators across the aisle have now voted to help hard-pressed communities that face water shortages,” Brown said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 |
In the midst of what is expected to be Southern California's wettest storms in two years , Long Beach officials took steps to restrict water usage citywide. In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners declared an imminent water shortage. Residents will now be barred from watering their lawns except on Mondays, Thursdays, or Saturdays, and restaurants cannot serve water to customers unless they request it. In addition, Long Beach has ongoing prohibitions on watering between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and hosing down sidewalks and driveways without specialized hoses.
February 25, 2014
Re "Drought in a state of denial," Feb. 23 Sure, California has had severe droughts in the past, but we haven't been here before. We have not been at 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere the entire history of human existence. The damage has not fully "matured. " Yet our sweet sirens of the carbon age will croon: "We've had droughts before. " But if a 100-year drought occurs now every few decades, could we recognize it and respond accordingly? Or would we allow ourselves the false comfort of saying, "Well, gosh, we've had these droughts before"?
February 21, 2013
Re "Is desalt plant a drop in bucket?," Feb. 18 The article about the desalination plant in Carlsbad missed several important elements regarding the San Diego County Water Authority's decision to pursue this water supply. - The plant is a multi-decade investment. Its water initially will be more expensive than other supplies, but projections show it will be cheaper than supplies from the Metropolitan Water District as soon as the mid- to late-2020s. - Energy is a major component of all major water sources and will contribute to the rising cost of every water supply in coming years.
January 21, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - It turns out a partial solution to this unwieldy megacity's vexing water problem may have been under residents' feet all along - albeit a long way down. Mexico City government officials Monday announced the discovery of an aquifer more than a mile below ground that could provide enough water for at least some of the metropolitan area's 20 million residents. Officials say the aquifer could reduce the city's dependence on water pumped from outlying areas and reduce the strain on the region's shallower aquifers - the over-pumping of which is causing the city to sink precipitously, in some cases more than a foot each year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2012 |
An earthquake that shuts down water deliveries from Northern California for a year could devastate the Los Angeles County economy, costing $55 billion and wiping out a half-million jobs, according to a new study. The research by a team of economists attempts to gauge the effects of a major earthquake disrupting water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta, which provides roughly a quarter of Southern California's water supply. The report concludes that L.A. County could fairly easily weather a six-month stop in deliveries from the north by ramping up conservation efforts and using reserves stored in Southland reservoirs.