Los Angeles officials refused to identify the homeowner who used millions of gallons of water during a single year of California’s crippling drought.
State Sen. Jerry Hill wants California to smack its biggest water users with hefty fines and bad publicity.
Not too long ago in that idyllic Central Coast city, an overdependence on groundwater became a destructive and expensive problem that today could serve as a warning to cities and counties throughout the state.
A new law that attempts to preserve California’s precious groundwater comes with a catch: The state will hide the names of people draining this vast underground water source.
When water agencies share data on their customers’ usage, and the public learns who the most egregious water wasters are, it generally leads to stronger conservation efforts. But a 1997 law means agencies are under no obligation to release this information.
Saudi Arabia’s once massive underground aquifer system is drying up due to years of overpumping. And California, in the midst of a drought, is heading
In the midst of a historic drought, Californians have no way of knowing who’s guzzling the most water. That’s by design, thanks to an obscure 1997 measure that weakened one of the state’s chief open government laws.
In California, well completion reports are considered confidential under a 64-year-old state law. A hearing will consider new legislation that would make these well logs public.
So much water is being pumped out of the ground worldwide that it is contributing to global sea level rise, a phenomenon tied largely to warming temperatures and climate change.
As California farms and cities drill deeper for groundwater in a time of drought and climate change, they are tapping reserves from the prehistoric er
Many of the local officials urging the public to save water during California’s crippling drought actually are profligate water users themselves.