Council Adopts New Water Use Policy for Winter Months

The Kingsburg City Council new water use policies for the winter month will attempt to strike a balance between equity while still meeting state-required water conservation rates. The new policy starts in November and allows for a range of fees and percentage of highest users that would be fined if the city as a whole does not meet its goals.

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Clean Water Act Enforcement Action Initiated Against Electroplating Facility on Santa Clara River

The Environmental Defense Center (“EDC”) and Keller Rohrback L.L.P. notified global coating company General Magnaplate of EDC’s intent to sue the company for allegedly operating its electroplating facility in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. The notice letter alleges that the facility is illegally discharging storm water containing pollutants, including zinc and aluminum, into the Santa Clara River, less than two miles from where the River flows into the Pacific Ocean.

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Marin Fire Agencies Find Ways to Conserve Water

Fire departments were not included in the state mandate to cut water use, but that hasn’t stopped California’s Marin fire officials from letting station lawns go brown, skipping vehicle washes and getting creative to slow the flow of water.

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Kardashians Among Celebrities Who Have Flouted Water Cuts

Two of the top things California is known for these days have come together: celebrities and the water crisis. When you combine these specialties, you get a sketch of some of the state’s most famous water wasters. A couple of the best-known offenders: Kylie Jenner of the famous Kardashian clan and the rapper Tyga.

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15 Million Gallons Spilled After San Andreas Pipeline Bursts

Regional water utilities in California had to call on backup water supply plans after a major water pipeline burst in San Bruno late last month, spilling millions of gallons of water. The pipeline, known as San Andreas Pipeline No. 2, is part of the Hetch Hetchy Water System and serves three Peninsula water agencies.

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100 California Oil Companies Illegally Refuse To Report Water Use, Waste Fluid Disposal

More than 100 oil companies have violated a new California law by failing to report their water use and disposal of toxic waste fluid, according to a new report from state oil regulators. But even the incomplete data made public by the state shows that oil companies are dumping millions of gallons of oil waste a month into unlined pits and pumping billions of gallons of fluid into injection wells that may threaten protected groundwater.

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Water Conservation High Priority

Solano County chose to move forward with water conservation efforts at 16 identified building and landscaping projects.

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Thousands Of California Injection Wells Might Be Polluting L.A. Drinking Water, But State Won’t Release Results Of Investigation

California oil and gas regulators still embroiled in controversy over their “corrupt, inept, and woefully mismanaged” underground injection control program — which permitted thousands of oilfield wastewater disposal wells to operate in protected groundwater aquifers — are refusing to release the results of a report on thousands more injection wells that could be polluting L.A.’s drinking water supply.

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Los Altos Residents Cautioned About E. Coli in Water

Many Los Altos residents have been cautioned to boil their water before drinking it after E. coli was found in their drinking water.

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Guv Orders Mayors: Ban Consumption of Fishkill Harvest

“Let’s not wait for the worst to happen. Ban the consumption of fish and other aquatic products affected by the recent fishkill.”

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California Drinking Water: Not Just Vanishing, But Also Widely Contaminated

In normal years, California residents get about 30 percent of their drinking water from underground aquifers. And in droughts like the current one—with sources like snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada mountains virtually non-existent—groundwater supplies two-thirds of our most populous state’s water needs. So it’s sobering news that about 20 percent of the groundwater that Californians rely on to keep their taps flowing carries high concentrations of contaminants like arsenic, uranium, and nitrate.

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Central West High Campus Water Contamination

The drinking fountains on the Central West High School campus could be turned off for a long time. That’s because higher than acceptable levels of a substance called Hexavalent Chromium 6 has been detected in the water coming from the school’s well. Superintendent Mike Berg says the problem was detected because the school district routinely tests the water supply.

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