Latest Water use News

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. ...

California struggles to conserve water amid historic drought

Sep. 21, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians failed to significantly cut back their water consumption in July, state officials announced Tuesday, foreshadowing some difficult decisions for Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration as an historic drought lingers into the fall. Newsom...

Henderson launches saturation patrols to reduce water waste

Sep. 15, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — You can call it a saturation effort: The city of Henderson and Las Vegas Valley Water District say they're joining forces for enforcement patrols to identify water wasters in suburban southern Nevada. On Wednesday and Thursday, Henderson...

New Mexico farmers along Rio Grande face early water cutoff

Aug. 23, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of farmers along central New Mexico's stretch of the Rio Grande face a second straight year of having their irrigation supplies cut off early. The board that oversees the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District voted Friday to end...

Florida mayor urges water limits because of COVID-19 surge

Aug. 20, 2021 21:57 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of the Florida city of Orlando asked residents on Friday to stop watering their lawns and washing their cars immediately, saying water usage needed to be cut back because of the recent surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations. The Orlando...

State imposes water restrictions as drought worsens

Aug. 19, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The drought in Minnesota continues to get worse, exposing rocks, riverbeds and islands in the St. Croix and Minnesota river drying up entire channels in the mighty Mississippi. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has imposed water...