California and the U.S.

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

Cyberattack on Bay Area Water Supply: ‘No Specific Threat to Public Safety’

A hacker accessed the computer system of a Bay Area water treatment plant in January and deleted programs the plant used to treat drinking water, a senior intelligence official confirmed Thursday.

Heat Wave Grips US West Amid Fear of a New, Hotter Normal

An unusually early and long-lasting heat wave brought more triple-digit temperatures Wednesday to a large swath of the U.S. West, raising concerns that such extreme weather could become the new normal amid a decades-long drought. Phoenix, which is seeing some of the highest temperatures this week, tied a record for the second day in a row when […]

The Last Thing California Needed: Drought Adds to Electricity Woes as Hydro Power Dries Up

California’s shaky power grid is on a collision course with an epic drought that’s depleting a major source of supply: hydroelectricity. The Western heatwave that began Wednesday has the manager of the state’s grid, the California Independent System Operator, warning of potential power shortages through the weekend. Although the organization stopped short of predicting another round of rolling blackouts, […]

Climate Change Batters the West Before Summer Even Begins

A heat dome is baking Arizona and Nevada, where temperatures have soared past 115 degrees this week and doctors are warning that people can get third-degree burns from the sizzling asphalt. At Lake Mead, which supplies water for 25 million people in three southwestern states and Mexico, water levels have plunged to their lowest point since the reservoir was […]

Opinion: State Restrictions Reflect Urgent Need to Conserve Water

The state’s decision this week to cut off Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta access to thousands of farmers and water agencies highlights the need for serious and immediate conservation throughout the Bay Area and California. It’s been obvious for months that the state faces its most serious water shortage since the historic 2012-16 drought. Bay Area […]

Water Deliveries to Dry Delta Along U.S.-Mexico Border to Support Wildlife, Vegetation

The mighty Colorado River used to flow freely all the way to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. But over the years, its delta and various ecosystems have dried up. Thanks to an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico, the delta will receive water deliveries for environmental purposes from now until October. This will help […]