Latest Water use News

San Francisco officials call for 10% reduction of water use

Nov. 24, 2021 12:42 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials have declared a water shortage emergency and are asking customers in four counties to voluntarily reduce their water use by 10% due to California’s lengthening drought. The request made Tuesday took effect immediately and...

Utah farmers try to adapt to drought in a changing climate

Nov. 20, 2021 08:05 AM EST

BEAVER COUNTY, Utah (AP) — Climate change is making droughts more frequent and intense. This summer, the southwestern U.S. had the worst drought on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That has limited Utah farmers’ ability to grow...

California backslides on water conservation amid drought

Nov. 16, 2021 18:34 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A severe drought prompted California Gov. Gavin Newsom last summer to ask the state's nearly 40 million residents to voluntarily reduce water use by 15% this year. New data released Tuesday shows few people are doing that. Californians reduced...

Great Salt Lake could yield new medicinal discoveries

Nov. 07, 2021 16:12 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Armed with paddle boards and tools to scoop up mud and other sediment, University of Utah professor Jaclyn Winter and the doctoral students in her lab venture onto the Great Salt Lake in the hope of finding life-saving medicines. It’s not as...

Oregon city sues to keep Google's water use secret

Nov. 01, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — The city of The Dalles, Oregon, has filed suit in an effort to keep Google's water use a secret. The move comes ahead of a key City Council vote on a $28.5 million water pact between the city and the tech giant. The...

Farmer fined $304K over alleged water theft during drought

Oct. 21, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A farm in southeastern Washington has been fined $304,000 by the Washington state Department of Ecology for irrigating 250 acres (101 hectares) without rights to the water. Frank Tiegs LLC in Franklin County has 30 days to appeal the decision to...

Hopeful storms in forecast for drought plagued US West

Oct. 19, 2021 21:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Mired in an historic drought, California is set to get its first significant soaking of the season this week, with storms forecasted to dump up to 7 inches (18 centimeters) of rain in parched parts of the state. But the rain, which comes after...

With virus cases down, Florida cities resume usual water use

Oct. 13, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two of Florida's largest cities have ended water emergencies now that COVID-19 hospitalizations have declined drastically in the state. Back in August, the city-owned Orlando Utilities Commission asked residents to stop...

Drought brings scrutiny to Utah's high water use, low rates

Oct. 02, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When a homeowner in St. George turns on their sprinklers in mid-summer, the water that greens their lawns has already traveled from mountain springs and wells through an 850-mile pipeline network. The 50 million gallons of water used in the...

California regulators warn of dry reservoirs, restrictions

Sep. 30, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's reservoirs are so dry from a historic drought that regulators warned Thursday it's possible the state's water agencies won't get anything from them next year, a frightening possibility that could force mandatory restrictions for residents. ...