Hyatt Powerplant at Oroville Dam Resumes Operation

by California Department of Water Resources Early winter storms contribute to rising lake levels and provide a strong start to the season, but California remains in a drought OROVILLE, Calif. – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced hydropower generation has resumed at the Hyatt Powerplant at Oroville Dam in Butte County. The powerplant was taken […]

Millions Of Californians Ordered To Cut Drinking Water Use

By Peter Chawaga Following a series of regulatory changes designed to curb growing water scarcity, millions of consumers in California are now facing some of the strictest drinking water limits ever. “Southern California’s gigantic water supplier has taken the unprecedented step of requiring about 6 million people to cut their outdoor watering to one day a […]

The two largest reservoirs in California are already at ‘critically low levels’ and the dry season is just starting

Against the backdrop of the water crisis in the Colorado River Basin, where the country’s largest reservoirs are plunging at an alarming rate, California’s two largest reservoirs — Shasta Lake and Lake Oroville — are facing a similar struggle. Years of low rainfall and snowpack and more intense heat waves have fed directly to the state’s multiyear, unrelenting […]

Newsom imposes new California water restrictions — leaves details to locals

As a dry summer looms, California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered water suppliers across California to step up their local drought responses, but fell short of requiring water rationing or setting a statewide conservation target.   Despite pressure from experts urging a strong mandate, the order leaves the exact conservation measures up to the urban water providers and major […]

California drought deepens as wet season is anything but

By Kathleen Ronayne April 03, 2022 at 6:50 pm CDT SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is experiencing one of the driest starts to spring in decades, data showed April 1, and absent a heavy dose of April and May showers the state’s drought will deepen and that could lead to stricter rules on water use and […]

Sewer line breaks, spews 8.5M gallons of waste onto streets of California city

An estimated 8.5 million gallons of untreated sewage water spilled into a flood-control waterway in Los Angeles County after a sewer pipe failed last week, according to local officials. A concrete pipe 48 inches in diameter in Carson, Calif., collapsed Thursday, sending wastewater out of a manhole onto a city street and into the Dominguez Channel, […]