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EXPLAINER: How cities in the West have water amid drought

May. 25, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

As drought and climate change tighten their grip on the American West, the sight of fountains, swimming pools, gardens and golf courses in cities like Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Boise, and Albuquerque can be jarring at first glance. Western water experts,...

California cuts grass watering down as drought dries West

May. 24, 2022 21:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Grass in office parks, on college campuses or in some California neighborhoods will go brown this summer after state water officials adopted a ban Tuesday on watering certain green spaces as the state's drought drags on. The ban adopted by the State Water...

Californians could see mandatory water cuts amid drought

May. 23, 2022 20:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — 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. Newsom raised that possibility in a meeting with representatives...

Petitions submitted for new groundwater management district

May. 18, 2022 14:40 PM EDT

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — A proposal apparently headed to the November ballot would have voters in rural southeastern Arizona decide whether to create a new regulatory district to manage large-scale groundwater use for agriculture in an area where aquifer levels have dropped in recent years. ...

In drought-ravaged California, water use is up dramatically

May. 10, 2022 20:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's water use jumped dramatically in March, state officials said Tuesday, as one of the driest stretches on record prompted a wave of homeowners to start watering their lawns earlier than usual in defiance of Gov. Gavin Newsom's pleas for conservation amid a...

California's drought is worsening yet new figures show last March had the highest water use for that month since 2015 (CORRECTS: A previous APNewsAlert erroneously reported it was the most water used in any month since 2015.)

May. 10, 2022 18:46 PM EDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's drought is worsening yet new figures show last March had the highest water use for that month since 2015 (CORRECTS: A previous APNewsAlert erroneously reported it was the most water used in any month since 2015.).

Arizona nuclear plant seeking alternative source of water

May. 08, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The largest nuclear power plant in the U.S. is still looking for an alternative water source after scuttling plans to pump brackish groundwater west of Phoenix it first pursued in 2019. The Palo Verde Generating Station is the only nuclear plant in the world not...

About 6M Californians ordered to cut water use amid drought

Apr. 27, 2022 16:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's gigantic water supplier has taken the unprecedented step of requiring about 6 million people to cut their outdoor watering to one day a week as an extended drought plagues the state following another dry winter. The board of the...

Millions must cut water use in drought-stricken California

Apr. 26, 2022 22:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's gigantic water supplier took the unprecedented step Tuesday of requiring about 6 million people to cut their outdoor watering to one day a week as drought continues to plague the state. The board of the Metropolitan Water District of...

California Senate OKs lower standard for indoor water use

Apr. 21, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — 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...