California Gov. Gavin Newsom threatened Monday to impose mandatory water restrictions if residents don’t use less on their own as a drought drags on and the hotter summer months approach.
Californians increased their average water use by 19% during the first threes month 2022, the driest on record.
Water districts say Californians need to do more to conserve water. Statewide, Californians' water use increased by 19% in March compared to March 2020.
California’s drought is worsening and yet residents used more water in March than any other month since 2015.
Despite the rules, instead of water usage declining for the last year, the Santa Clara Valley Water District reports water usage went up an additional 30 percent.
The East Bay town of Benicia is undergoing a major water shortage because a pipe broke in one of the worst places it could: the water treatment plant.
In a move that seems counter to what other water agencies are doing, the Marin Municipal Water District has ended its emergency water declaration.
East Bay MUD votes 6-1 to elevate its drought response in Stage 2 emergency.
While April's rain showers certainly helped bring up Bay Area rainfall totals, they won't be enough to stave off the state's third year of drought, and that means round of strict city-level restrictions.
New mandatory water cutbacks began for customers Thursday in the Contra Costa Water District, even as the late April storm brought rain showers that have been sorely missed for most of the winter.
Mired in an extreme drought, California lawmakers on Thursday took the first step toward lowering the standard for how much water people use in their homes — a move that won't be enforced on individual customers but could lead to higher rates even as consumption declines.
State and local water agencies say this week's wet weather is not enough to alleviate the severe drought conditions facing California.
California is experiencing one of the driest starts to spring in decades, data showed Friday, and absent a heavy dose of April and May showers the state’s drought will deepen and that could lead to stricter rules on water use and another devastating wildfire season.
Like much of the U.S. West, California is experiencing severe or extreme drought across most of its land. Though it rained Monday on both ends of the state, state officials offered a sobering assessment of the state’s water picture.
The U.S. Drought Monitor released its latest map this week and it shows Sonoma County in red.
Spring officially arrived at 8:33 a.m. on Sunday. The Bay Area should expect significant warming in the week ahead.
In the past week, the area of California that is considered to be in extreme drought expanded from 12% of the state to 35%.
A long-delayed plan to build a giant reservoir in Northern California to help withstand the U.S. West’s notorious droughts got a huge financial boost on Thursday when the federal government signaled its intent to loan the project nearly $2.2 billion.
State water officials took a crucial survey of the Sierra snow pack on Tuesday and the results say: California needs a lot more rain a lot sooner. A third year of drought is becoming more likely.
Parts of the East Bay looked like a Winter Wonderland Tuesday afternoon as we are in the midst of a cold snap, but the precipitation accumulating on the ground was actually hail, not snow.