California and the U.S.

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

Drought Exposes Need to Upgrade Water Facilities

Severe drought highlights the need for greater investment to improve aging California water facilities, and increases calls for allocation of federal and state resources to tackle the problem. A national coalition that includes the California Farm Bureau urged U.S. Senate leaders last week to take action to address the shortcomings of aging water infrastructure, and […]

Regional Recycled Water Project in Conflict; Arroyo Grande ‘Demanding’ Equal Share

A long-planned water recycling project for the Five Cities area — Central Coast Blue — hangs in uncertainty after the City of Arroyo Grande unanimously voted on June 8th to withdraw from the project unless their demand for a shared operating agreement is met. Central Coast Blue, spearheaded by the City of Pismo Beach, is […]

Double Whammy: Heat, Toxic Algae Bedevil Water Sector

One of the two rivers flowing into the heart of Iowa that provide 500,000 residents with drinking water is slowly being infiltrated by toxic algae as temperatures climb. The other river is drying up and dipping to dangerously low levels as a historic drought grips the United States. The Hawkeye State’s plight underscores why climate […]

EPA Puts Additional Delay On Trump Lead and Copper in Drinking Water Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency has put another delay on a Trump-era update to a rule governing lead and copper in drinking water, according to a new federal register notice. The notice says that the rule, which was previously expected to take effect on Thursday, will now take effect on December 16. It also pushed back the […]

California Farmers Told Drought Could Cut Off Their Water

Thousands of Central California farmers were warned Tuesday that they could face water cutoffs this summer as the state deals with a drought that already has curtailed federal and state irrigation supplies. The State Water Resources Control Board notified about 6,600 farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed who have rights to use water from […]

New MWD GM Adel Hagekhalil Commits To “One Water” Agenda

TPR is proud to share this timely interview with Metropolitan Water District’s newly confirmed General Manager, Adel Hagekhalil. Throughout his career, from his time as president of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies to overseeing LA City’s wastewater, stormwater, and watershed programs as Assistant Director of City of LA’s Bureau of Sanitation (LA SAN), and most recently by […]