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Cash incentives to ditch water-thirsty lawns in California

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In the middle of one of the most serious droughts in recent history, Los Angeles is trying to encourage its citizens to reduce water use. Duration: 02:24 Video provided by AFP


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Deutsche Welle (Aug. 21, 2013) — As a result of the economic crisis, many municipalities in Spain have sold their public water utilities to private companies. Now some local communities are finding out that the water supply networks are no longer being maintained properly and that water quality is on the decline. By the end of the year, about 60 percent of water utility management will be partly or entirely in private hands, making Spain the frontrunner in water privatization within Europe. Some experts are already calling it a "water bubble, and communities that are still trying to sell their water utilities are no longer able to obtain top prices. Now some communities are trying to regain public control over their water supply.
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California's Intensifying Drought Means Paying Up for Avocados

California's Intensifying Drought Means Paying Up for Avocados

TheStreet (May 16, 2014) — California produces over 250 different crops. It is the sole producer of 12 commodities including almonds, artichokes, dates, figs, olives and walnuts, according to the state's Department of Water Resources. The department found that after a near-record dry winter, the statewide snowpack's water content was only 18% of average for May 1. As the snowpack normally provides about a third of water for California's farms and cities, the department says half-full reservoirs will not be significantly replenished by a melting snowpack this spring and summer. That does not bode well for the state's agriculture. Video provided by TheStreet
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Calif. Brewery Taps New Technology, Saves Water

Calif. Brewery Taps New Technology, Saves Water

AP (Mar. 13, 2014) — With water in short supply in California, one brewery is using new technology to recycle water. Microbes are used to treat the wastewater to generate clean water and energy needed for brewing. (March 13) Video provided by AP
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California Fails to Adequately Track Water Use

California Fails to Adequately Track Water Use

AP (May 27, 2014) — Amid historic drought, California water managers are relying on a flawed system to track largest water users. That means thousands of companies, farms and others are allowed to draw free water with little oversight when the state is so bone dry. (May 27) Video provided by AP
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