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Pipe Break Leaves East County Stores Left Without Water, Roadway Closed

A 14-inch water line break left an East County shopping center without water for most of Wednesday. The break occurred at about 12 p.m. on Camino Canada near Los Coches Road off Interstate 8 in an unincorporated area of El Cajon, near the East County Square shopping center. A Padre Water District spokesperson said about 34 retail stores in the center were without water. Water is not expected to be restored until about midnight, according to the spokesperson.

Increase In Water Replenishes Groundwater Supply

Thanks to a wet winter, California’s water supply is being replenished. One of the state’s crucial outlets is groundwater. The Kern Water Bank’s uses ponds to soak water into the ground, adding to the supply of groundwater. However, these ponds have been dry for the past six years because of the drought. This year, the two-feet-deep ponds are full again and the groundwater supply is being restored. With the full ponds comes wildlife that utilizes the wetlands. More than 200 species of birds can be found at the water bank.

OPINION: The Unintended Consequences Of Indoor Water Conservation

High rates of water conservation helped California manage limited supplies during the 2012–16 drought. But conservation can have a downside. New research shows that indoor water conservation can reduce the quality and quantity of wastewater, making it harder for local agencies to use treated wastewater to augment their water supply. We talked to two members of the research team about their findings: David Jassby, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at UCLA; and Kurt Schwabe, professor of environmental economics and policy at UC Riverside and an adjunct fellow at the PPIC Water Policy Center.

With Winter on the Way, Most of California’s Water Reservoirs Are Looking Good

California’s wettest months of the year are still to come, but the state’s largest water reservoirs already appear to be in decent shape. As of Nov. 27, most of California’s major reservoirs were above their historical averages for this time of year, according to the Department of Water Resources. The reservoirs received a significant boost during the 2017 water year, one of the wettest on record following a five-year dry spell. Several major reservoirs, such as Northern California’s Shasta, Folsom and Trinity, were above 60 percent of their total capacity.