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Look up drought report cards for California’s urban water districts


To address California’s multiyear drought, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 25% cut statewide in urban water use by 2016. Individual urban water districts, depending on their level of water use, have been ordered to reduce water consumption between 4% and 36%. Districts with a history of heavy water use must cut more, and those that have used less will be required to reduce less. The State Water Resources Control Board will measure each district’s progress on a monthly basis and cumulatively over time. The next monthly update is due in early July.

Check it out here.

Source:  THOMAS SUH LAUDER, June 25, 2015, LA Times


Laudato Si’ and Water: The Vatican’s Encyclical Letter and Global Water Challenges


The official text of the much-anticipated Vatican’s Encyclical Letter, “Laudato Si'” (“On Care for our Common Home”) was released today. While considerable attention is being devoted to the sections of Pope Francis’s new Encyclical related to the threats of climate change, the letter also tackles many other environmental challenges, including biodiversity, food, and especially the critical issue of freshwater. Woven throughout is attention to the social and equity dimensions of these challenges and a deep concern for the poor.

The water sections of the Encyclical Letter focus on the disparities in access, quality, and use of water between the wealthier, industrialized parts of the world and poorer populations. It notes that in many parts of the world, exploitation of water is exceeding natural resource limits – the problem of “peak water” – while still failing to satisfy the needs of the poorest.

The Encyclical identifies several key water problems including the lack of access to clean drinking water “indispensable for human life and for supporting terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems” (section 28), the challenges for food production due to droughts and disparities in water availability and “water poverty” (section 28), the continued prevalence of water-related diseases afflicting the poor (section 29), contamination of groundwater (section 29), and the trend toward privatization and commodification of a resource the Vatican describes as an “basic and universal human right” (section 30).

Continue reading here.

Source:  Peter Gleick, The Huffington Post, June 18, 2015.

Clearing the Waters: A Focus on Water Quality Solutions


Every day, 2 million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural waste are poured into the world’s waters. The result is that more people die from unsafe water annually than from all forms of violence, including war. A new Pacific Institute report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for World Water Day, March 22, 2010, lays out steps and solutions to address our urgent water-quality challenges––and they start with awareness and will to action.

“A wide range of human activities affect water quality. The health of our ecosystems––and our communities––depends on how we act now,” said Achim Steiner, executive director of UNEP. “Improving and protecting water quality means healthier ecosystems, improved human well-being, and more secure livelihoods, both for ourselves and for future generations.”

The new United Nations report, Clearing the Waters: A Focus on Water Quality Solutions, details how water quality is as important as water quantity for satisfying human and environmental needs, yet has received far less investment, scientific support, and public attention. Prepared by the Pacific Institute, one of the world’s leading nonprofit research organizations on freshwater issues, the UNEP report is part of the World Water Day 2010 effort to bring global attention to the need for clean, safe water––and action and policy to address water pollution.

Read the report here.

Source:  Pacific Institute, March 22, 2010

Free Graywater Workshops and Rebates

The cities of Santa Rosa and Cotati are hosting free graywater workshops to show residents how to reuse water from their washing machines, bathtubs and showers to irrigate gardens and flower beds and save thousands of gallons of water each year. The “Showers to Flowers” graywater workshop will be conducted by the Daily Acts organization on Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a location in Petaluma. To sign up, go to or call (707) 789-9664. A second graywater workshop will be held on Saturday, July 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Utilities Field Operations Building, 35 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. To sign up for that event, call (707) 543-3985 or email Santa Rosa and Cotati water account holders may be eligible to receiving plumbing parts. Santa Rosa water account holders may be eligible for a $75 rebate.