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Governor Signs New Laws Aimed at HOAs and Water Conservation

There are big chunks of South County that are governed by homeowners associations, and some have complained that homeowners associations are among the biggest water wasters in the current drought environment, including overwatering common areas and enforcing landscaping rules that penalize residents for taking steps to conserve water. The appropriately named Governor Brown has recently [...]

Rancho Ortega Article About Water Usage Picked Up by California Water Alert

Our recent article about California water usage during the drought was picked up by the statewide California Water Alert. If you are interested in more information about California’s water challenges (and the associated politics), the California Water Alert is a good resource to bookmark.

So Cal Water Usage is Up During Drought, San Juan Capistrano Cited for Wasting Water

California’s State Water Resources Control Board just released a report showing that in spite of facing a drought of historic proportions, California’s statewide water usage actually increased by one percent. From Yahoo! News:

The report says overall consumption jumped 1 percent, even as Gov. Jerry Brown has called for a 20 percent cutback. It corrected [...]

Extreme Drought Calls for Extreme Measures: California Drought Covers 100% of the State; Water Officials Consider Reversing the Flow of the California Aqueduct

This map, published by the National Climatic Data Center, is getting a lot of attention today. It is significant because it shows the entire state of California in drought conditions for the first time in 15 years.

source: National Climatic Data Center

The LA Times has written a companion article, wherein it points out [...]

Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink…

Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.

In the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the Mariner used this famous turn of phrase to describe the torment of his crew’s thirst surrounded by undrinkable sea water. It might be equally apt when applied to modern day Southern California suffering through a drought of [...]