Bay Area Drought Watch

Bay Area Drought Watch

Coverage of California's looming water problem

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 07:18 PM PDT

California Water Use Rises Amid Crippling Drought

California Water Use Rises Amid Crippling Drought

Californians increased their water consumption this year during the severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to...

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 07:08 PM PDT

Drought Offers Opportunity to Repair Ponds

Drought Offers Opportunity to Repair Ponds

California's severe drought is giving area crews a chance to make repairs to ponds that have recently dried up.

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 04:14 AM PDT

Drought Means More Business for Grass-Painting Company

Drought Means More Business for Grass-Painting Company

Los Gatos-based Green Canary has been painting lawns that have turned brown due to a lack of water. The company uses green, water-based paint to transform grass that has turned drought dull.

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 08:45 AM PDT

California Board Approves Fines for Water Wasters

California Board Approves Fines for Water Wasters

Wasting water outdoors amid the state's drought will begin hitting Californians in the wallet under get-tough restrictions passed by state regulators, with fines of up to $500 a day for overwatering front lawns...

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 09:10 PM PDT

Free Recycled Sewer Water Proving Popular in Pleasanton

Free Recycled Sewer Water Proving Popular in Pleasanton

Sewer water is so popular in Pleasanton that officials are literally giving it away. Residents are filling every kind of container imaginable with the former wastewater as the drought continues.

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 05:33 PM PDT

Pot Plants Draining Drought-Ridden California

Pot Plants Draining Drought-Ridden California

Pot plants in California may be profitable but they're sucking up the state's water sources during an ongoing drought.

Friday, Jul 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM PDT

Drought-Like Fourth Prompts Fireworks Concerns

Drought-Like Fourth Prompts Fireworks Concerns

For most, Fourth of July evening means parties and fireworks, but for thousands of police officers and firefighters, it’s all about overtime. With drought-fueled concerns over what’s already been a horrible fire...

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 06:25 PM PDT

"Exceptional" Drought Expands in California

"Exceptional" Drought Expands in California

The most severe level of drought conditions expanded in California during the past week at the start of what looks to be a hot, dry summer in a rain-starved state.

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 03:25 PM PDT

Winemaker Stands by "Water Witching" to Help During Drought

Winemaker Stands by "Water Witching" to Help During Drought

Several California residents are turning to an ancient practice called dowsing to help find water during the severe drought.

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 10:01 PM PDT

Farmers, Businesses Get Reprieve from Water Cut Off

Farmers, Businesses Get Reprieve from Water Cut Off

The Santa Clara Valley Water District has extended its deadline to cut off water to some South Bay farmers and commercial businesses.

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In January of 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for the state of California, in what could be the driest year on record in the history of the state.
 

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