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What Frequent Water Main Breaks Say About America’s Aging Infrastructure

U.S. drinking water is among the world’s safest and most reliable, but aging infrastructure across the country is posing challenges. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that there’s a water main break every two minutes. Shannon Marquez, professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University, joins John Yang to discuss why these problems are so common.

Turf Replacement Rebates To Increase Thanks To $38M Grant

A $38 million state grant awarded this week will be used to increase rebates to businesses and institutions that replace turf with water-efficient landscaping as a deadline looms to phase out turf at commercial, industrial, municipal and institutional properties.

In addition to the rebate program, the money will also be used to help thousands of low- income households install water-efficient irrigation systems.

Colorado River Negotiators Say They Need More Time, As Biden Administration Wants Deal By Election

The policymakers working on a new management plan for the Colorado River say they need more time to bridge disagreements about how to share its water.

State negotiators from Wyoming to California are under pressure to agree on new guidelines for managing the river. The current rules expire in 2026, but state leaders disagree about who should bear the brunt of cutbacks to water demand. At a meeting this week in Colorado, John Entsminger, who manages water in Nevada, says those hard decisions probably won’t come soon.

Proposed Rules On Water Quality May Overwhelm Farmers

Farmers in San Diego County say proposed water quality regulations that establish updated general waste discharge requirements for commercial agricultural operations are burdensome, costly and duplicate work by growers participating in other regulatory programs.

Tasked with protecting water quality, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board on March 29 released a proposed draft that creates new monitoring and reporting requirements for nitrogen applications and removals. It also identifies paths to compliance for individuals or use of third-party programs to help farmers achieve the order’s objectives.

Bakersfield, Cal Water Lift 5-day-old Water Advisory

The city of Bakersfield and California Water Service Co. on Sunday lifted the do-not-drink, do-not-use advisory issued Tuesday to 42 commercial customers south of Lake Truxtun after an oil company reportedly allowed pressurized natural gas and crude oil into the municipal water system.

A notice shared shortly before 4:30 p.m. said that after multiple rounds of intensive, one-way flushing, “test results have confirmed that it is safe to resume normal water use from the water distribution system.”

Declining Water Use May Force Higher Rates, More Fixed Fees

Water is a commodity held captive to the laws of supply and demand. High rains mean less water usage, which means fewer sales and higher prices. Also additional fixed fees.

In 1989, when the current Valley Center Municipal Water District (VCMWD) Gen. Mgr., Gary Arant, came to work in VC, 93% of the district’s 55,000 acre feet sales was for agriculture. This year, due to two years of extremely wet winters, the water district is looking at selling about 12,000 AF, with 55% for ag.

Sites Reservoir: California’s Largest New Reservoir Project In Decades Moves Forward

California is moving forward with a plan to build the state’s largest new reservoir in 50 years.

This comes after a Yolo County judge dismissed a lawsuit last week from the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the River and other environmental groups that were aiming to block the project, the Mercury News reported.

Earth Breaks Heat And CO₂ Records Once Again: ‘Our Planet Is Trying To Tell Us Something’

Humanity is ignoring major planetary vital signs as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels soar to all-time highs and Earth records its 12th consecutive month of record-breaking heat, international climate officials warned this week.

At 60.63 degrees, the global mean temperature in May was a record 2.73 degrees hotter than the preindustrial average against which warming is measured — marking an astonishing yearlong streak of heat that shows little sign of slowing down, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.

Pure Water Southern California Facility Could Help Keep More Water In Lake Mead

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto D-Nev., and Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., have announced new funding for a large-scale water recycling facility designed to reduce Southern California’s reliance on Colorado River water and keep more water in Lake Mead.

The Department of the Interior has awarded $99 million to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to fund the first phase of the Pure Water Southern California facility, which will produce an estimated 129,000 acre-feet of water per year, according to the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). That’s enough to serve approximately 386,000 households in Southern California and Southern Nevada.

A Key Atlanta Water Main Break Is Now Fixed, But A Boil Advisory Is Still In Place For Many, City Says

Crews in Atlanta have completed repairs to a key water main whose break, among others, contributed to a huge swath of the city spending days without safe drinking water – though a boil advisory remains in effect for many homes and businesses “out of an abundance of caution,” officials said Wednesday morning.

Water service is “slowly being brought back online to allow system pressures to rebuild,” they said in a news release, following a vast, sometimes intermittent breakdown that began Friday and highlighted the decaying infrastructure criss-crossing a major Southern hub and many other major American cities.