Despite an unusually wet winter, the state is considering making permanent a temporary ban on watering “ornamental turf” at corporate, industrial or government properties with potable water.
The state’s depleted aquifers received 3.8 million acre-feet of water, more water than 11 million California households will use annually. But reaching sustainability will still take more water and stronger conservation efforts.
Nearly one million residents get their drinking water from municipal wells contaminated with toxic forever chemicals. For the 1.4 million that depend on private wells, individual well owners must take on the onus of testing their water.
The federal infrastructure dollars are available, but it’s unclear whether small-town water systems that need the money most will get help.
Gov. Gavin Newsom asked state residents in July 2021 to reduce water usage by 15 percent during the height of the state’s driest years on record. But statewide water savings only reached 7 percent, fewer than 9 gallons per person per day.
The federal government claims that the state’s Department of Public Health has demonstrated patterns of inaction and neglect surrounding health risks of raw sewage in Lowndes County, a majority-Black county.
After a very wet winter, less than 6 percent of the state is in moderate drought while one-third of the state is still abnormally dry. Climate experts predict the state’s future will be full of weather extremes.
Congress has authorized billions, but there’s a problem: New infrastructure planning frequently relies on historical flood patterns for its benchmarks rather than forecasts of changing risks as the climate warms.
Many of the systems are operating with outdated software, poor passwords and aging infrastructure that leave the state’s water systems at-risk to hackers, terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
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The program was among the more than 100 bills that Wes Moore signed into law, including approval for the $63.1 billion Maryland budget, fixes to the 529 college savings program and agencies for racetracks and water systems.
As the rainy season begins for most of the country, a new report offers the first baseline assessment of the systems in place using green infrastructure to manage stormwater.
Many communities in the state’s San Joaquin Valley continue to struggle for water as a result of the ag industry’s overpumping of groundwater. Experts estimate that groundwater losses since 1961 have totaled 93 million acre-feet.