Archive for the Policy & Politics Category
In an executive order directed at the CA State Water Resources Control Board, Governor Jerry Brown ordered a mandatory water use reduction for the first time in California’s history. The order, declared on April 1st, authorizes the State Board to impose a 25% reduction on the state’s 400 local water supply agencies, which serve 90% of California residents. Now a month into the order, Governor Brown is calling for more restrictions and more accountability by proposing $10,000 fines for residents and businesses that waste the most water. The mandatory – 25% – reduction comes more than a year after Brown […]
This month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a grant to the University of Tulsa to help develop new technology that will allow hotels to monitor the amount of water its guests use in the shower. The reason is simple: hotels consume a significant volume of water every day and there are a lot of them across the country. The EPA is hoping that access to new technology will help conserve potable water use in urban areas. The fact that the average shower time is eight minutes and requires approximately 18 gallons of water has the EPA thinking that […]
This month, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ruling that limits water withdrawals from sensitive ecosystems in Northern California. The Court rejected a new challenge by a consortium of California farmers and local water management agencies hoping to import more water from an area that serves as home to the critically endangered Delta Smelt Fish. Siting the Endangered Species Act, this latest ruling reinforces which side the federal government is on when it comes to wildlife conservation. The foundation for the government’s case came from a 2008 report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The report recommend reductions in […]
As our Pacific Southwest, and other drought-prone regions of our country, struggle with the regulatory challenges of safely guiding water reuse, the EPA has published a great deal of information on their website. A recent article, which can be found here: http://www.epa.gov/region9/water/recycling/ aims to familiarize users and treatment providers with basic information to help them determine if and how water reuse could help solve their facility or community issues.
Cities, as a concept, are not water friendly. They disrupt the natural water process of replenishing groundwater, serving natural habitats, and supporting local ecosystems. Gathering large amounts of humans in a small place throws off nature’s built-in balances, which is why man-made water infrastructure is necessary to support a healthy, urban lifestyle, and which allows humans to continue being city-dwellers. But as resources dwindle and cities continue growing, the relationship between water and cities is quickly becoming more taxed. A conversation with Organica’s Environment and Technology Specialist, Peter Varga, lays out the five biggest water challenges for cities and suggestions […]