California and the U.S.

The latest news and analysis covering water issues in Caliornia and the rest of the United States.

Nearly 20% of California Water Agencies Could See Shortages if Drought Persists, State Report Shows

Most of California’s urban water agencies believe they have enough supplies to last through another seven months of drought, but nearly 20% of them — including many in Southern California — say they could be facing significant shortages, according to a new state report. The California Department of Water Resource’s first annual water supply and demand […]

Atmospheric River to Bring Precipitation to the U.S. West Coast

A strong low-pressure system associated with an upper-level shortwave trough will impact much of the US West Coast today through Thursday, with the development of an atmospheric river over Northern California. After the initial AR, a second low-pressure system will develop offshore and travel down the coast, bringing another round of precipitation to the region […]

Storm to Bring Widespread Rain to Bay Area Early Thursday, Up to 3 Feet of Snow in Sierra Nevada

Boosting what has been a mediocre start so far to the winter season, a storm from the Pacific Northwest is expected to bring widespread rain to the Bay Area early Thursday and blanket the Sierra Nevada with up to 3 feet of new snow. “This is a pretty good event. It’s going to be beneficial […]

Tucson Offers to Leave More CAP Water in the Colorado River

Tucson Water is offering to leave “significant volumes” of its annual Central Arizona Project water supply in the Colorado River for the next three years in return for financial compensation from the federal government. But its letter to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation making that offer didn’t propose a cut to the city’s annual CAP […]

Most California Water Agencies Have Enough Supply to Meet Demand Through June

The majority of California’s urban water suppliers will be able to meet consumer demand through next June, according to a new report from the state’s Department of Water Resources. Released Monday, the agency’s first-ever report on annual water demand and supply found that 338 of 414 urban water suppliers, including those that serve the Los […]

PPIC Video: Surplus and Shortage — California’s Water Balancing Act

Sandy Kerl of the San Diego County Water Authority said that investing in reservoir capacity was key after the county suffered a crippling drought in the late ‘80s. “We now have enough storage capacity…to sustain the population at a 75% service level for six months,” she said. Kerl made the comment during the PPIC Water […]