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Celeb-heavy Los Angeles suburb gets tough on water wasters

Jan. 19, 2022 18:06 PM EST

In a wealthy enclave nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains that is a haven for celebrities, residents now face more aggressive consequences for wasting water — including the threat of having their water flows slowed to a trickle if they repeatedly flout conservation rules. The Las...

New Mexico governor hears from mayors about spending needs

Jan. 14, 2022 15:12 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With billions of federal dollars heading to New Mexico for infrastructure projects, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Friday that rural areas can’t be left behind. The governor made the comment during a virtual summit attended by more than 200 municipal...

Hawaii tenants sue landlord over tainted Navy water

Jan. 12, 2022 23:11 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Residents of a Hawaii housing complex are asking a judge to stop their landlord from charging them rent until their tap water is safe from contamination. Kapilina Beach Homes in Ewa Beach used to be Navy housing. The Navy entered into a partnership with a private...

US Navy to drain Hawaii tank system blamed for tainted water

Jan. 11, 2022 21:18 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — After initially resisting, the U.S. Navy will comply with Hawaii's order to remove fuel from a massive underground storage tank facility near Pearl Harbor blamed for contaminating drinking water, officials said Tuesday. The Navy is making preparations to defuel the...

Automated water meters to be installed in Louisiana city

Jan. 09, 2022 10:35 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana city is planning to provide 35,000 utility customers with new, automated water meters over the next 16 to 18 months. The utilities manager in Lake Charles says the city will have "the most advanced metering system on the Gulf Coast, The American...

Drought-stricken Oregon farmers embark on water bank pilot

Jan. 08, 2022 11:05 AM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Getting water to Central Oregon farmers who need it most takes time and investment, mainly in the form of new pipelines that are replacing leaky canals. But irrigation districts are also coming up with innovative ways to share water around the Deschutes Basin. The...

Computer chip maker to pay $32M for water pipeline

Jan. 08, 2022 00:06 AM EST

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Computer chip maker Intel plans to pay one of New Mexico’s largest water utilities $32 million to build a pipeline to supply its factory with the much needed resource. Millions of gallons are needed at the plant in Rio Rancho each day to produce tiny...

Phoenix among those voluntarily losing Colorado River water

Jan. 07, 2022 19:22 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The city of Phoenix this week outlined how it will voluntarily contribute water to a regional plan to shore up the country's largest reservoir that delivers Colorado River water to three states and Mexico. The river cannot provide seven Western states the...

Groups file complaint against water utility over lead pipes

Jan. 06, 2022 16:02 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Five environmental and community groups have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleging the Providence Water Supply Board's infrastructure and lead pipe replacement work disproportionately increases the risk of lead exposure for...

California adopts water restrictions as drought drags on

Jan. 04, 2022 20:12 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — For the second time in a decade, Californians will face mandatory restrictions governing their outdoor water use as the state endures another drought and voluntary conservation efforts have fallen short. The rules adopted Tuesday by the State Water...