News Worth Noting: Drought and low storage levels cause Metropolitan to close Diamond Valley boat ramp, UC tackles new water-related research, CA utilities encourage consumers to Chase Water Waste this week

MWD logoDrought and low storage levels cause Metropolitan to close Diamond Valley boat ramp on April 15:The serious need for water conservation throughout Southern California due to the statewide drought was underscored today as the Metropolitan Water District announced plans to indefinitely suspend private boat launches at the region’s largest reservoir at the close of business April 15 because of low lake levels. Storage levels at Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet in southwest Riverside County are expected to begin receding in early April as water is drawn to meet the region’s supply needs. Metropolitan projects water levels will reach the end of the boat ramp at the reservoir’s East Marina by mid-April. “This action speaks volumes about the seriousness of the water-supply situation Southern California faces now and next year. That’s why continued conservation is so essential,” said Metropolitan General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger. … ”  Read more from Metropolitan Water District here:  DVL boat launch suspension FINAL

UCANR LogoUC tackles new water-related research:Which California communities are more likely to vote down hydraulic fracturing? Are efforts to make safe, affordable drinking water more accessible working? These are among the questions University of California scientists are trying to answer with six new research projects funded by the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources’ California Institute for Water Resources. High-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a form of natural gas and oil extraction, is water-intensive and could exacerbate water stress. Gwen Arnold, professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis, is examining efforts to locally restrict high-volume hydraulic fracturing. … ”  Read more from the University of California Newsroom here:  UC tackles new water-related research

epa-logoCalifornia utilities encourage consumers to Chase Water Waste this week:The average American family could be wasting more than 10,000 gallons of water each year due to easy-to-fix household leaks, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program. That amount of water could increase a water bill by as much as 10 percent while wasting precious resources. That’s why EPA is encouraging consumers to participate in WaterSense’s seventh annual Fix a Leak Week, March 16 through 22, 2015, by finding and fixing leaks around the home. If every household in California lost as much as 10,000 gallons of water per year to leaks, residents would be, cumulatively, spending more than $1.27 billion dollars on water lost to easily detectible and fixable leaks. California is facing one of the most severe droughts on record. According to the U.S. drought monitor’s March 10th report, over 98 percent of the state is experiencing drought conditions. … ” Read more from the EPA here:  California utilities encourage consumers to Chase Water Waste this week

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