Bay Area Drought Watch

Bay Area Drought Watch

Coverage of California's looming water problem

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 10:24 AM PDT

Most Californians: Global Warming Is Threat to Quality of Life

Most Californians: Global Warming Is Threat to Quality of Life

Nearly two-thirds of Californians believe global warming is having an impact on the state's persistent drought.

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 09:15 PM PDT

California Water Use Falls By 27 Percent in June

California Water Use Falls By 27 Percent in June

California water use dropped by 27 percent in June, the first month of mandatory cutbacks during the drought.

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 01:40 PM PDT

Shower Curtain Lets Bathers Know It's Time to Get Out

Shower Curtain Lets Bathers Know It's Time to Get Out

A London-based artist may have the solution for those who enjoy long showers even in the midst of a drought.

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 at 04:11 PM PDT

State Says Irrigation District Violated 2015 Drought Order

State Says Irrigation District Violated 2015 Drought Order

The State says the irrigation district violated the 2015 drought order.

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 at 06:13 AM PDT

State Cuts Size of Lawns on New Homes

State Cuts Size of Lawns on New Homes

California officials are ordering an end to traditional grassy lawns for new homes and businesses as they continue targeting ornamental landscapes as a waste of water.

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 at 06:54 AM PDT

'Rinse-Off' Showers at State Beaches to Be Shut Down

'Rinse-Off' Showers at State Beaches to Be Shut Down

California is shutting down the “rinse-off” showers at all state beaches to conserve water. Parks employees put up signs to remind beachgoers the state is in a severe drought, and is trying to save water.

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 10:44 AM PDT

Recycled Water Safe for Drinking, Lab Results Show

Recycled Water Safe for Drinking, Lab Results Show

Leaders of the Santa Clara Valley Water District aim to have recycled water in the region's drinking cups in the next three to five years. But is the treated wastewater really as clean and pure as it's...

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 08:32 AM PDT

Gov. Signs Bill Preventing Fines for Brown Lawns

Gov. Signs Bill Preventing Fines for Brown Lawns

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to protect California residents who let their lawns go brown during the drought.

Monday, Jul 13, 2015 at 01:25 PM PDT

Message of the California State Fair: Save Water

Message of the California State Fair: Save Water

The California State Fair was rich with tips for saving water, from drip irrigation to smart water-saving gardening tips.

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 10:02 AM PDT

State Parks and Beaches to Turn Off Rinse Showers

State Parks and Beaches to Turn Off Rinse Showers

Starting July 15, the rinse stations at state parks and beaches statewide will be turned off in an effort to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's 25 percent water use reduction mandate.

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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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