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Drought 2014

Metropolitan prepares for drought by capturing and storing imported supplies in wet years in order to maintain a reliable system during the dry cycles. It also aggressively promotes conservation, recycling and local resource development. Drought conditions have developed because of record dry conditions throughout California and a prolonged below-rainfall period throughout the Southwest in the Colorado River basin.

You can do your part by following Governor Jerry Brown’s call in his January 2014 Drought Declaration to re-examine how you use water with a goal of reducing per-capita water consumption by 20 percent. Metropolitan is closely monitoring water supply conditions in Northern California and the Southwest and will update the public about key developments.



Sacramento Bee: Angry California Republicans Call Drought Bill Dead For The Year, Dec. 10


New York Times: In California, Stingy Water Users Are Fined In Drought, While The Rich Soak, Nov. 21

Gizmodo: The Reservoir That Made The World Pay Attention To California’s Drought, Nov. 17

L.A. Times: El Nino Could Be The Most Powerful On Record, Scientists Say, Nov. 17

L.A. Times: MWD Considers Buying 4 Delta Islands To Solve Some Water Problems, Nov. 10

L.A. Times: To Save Water, An Underground Movement To Bank El Nino’s Rainfall, Nov. 9

L.A. Times: Soak The Rich To Help Solve California’s Water Crisis, Nov. 6

Bloomberg Business: A Few California Farmers Have Lots Of Water. Can They Keep It?, Nov. 4 Water-Wasters Beware: New Smart Meters In Place To Catch Biggest Water Users, Nov. 3


Sacramento Bee: Winter Salmon Run Nearly Extinguished In Drought, Feds Say, Oct. 28

New York Times: In Drought-Ridden California, The Classic Lawn Loses Ground, Oct. 26

L.A. Times: Big Water Users, Take Note: DWP Is Considering Outing You, Oct. 25

L.A. Times: X-Ray Technology Reveals California’s Forests Are In For A Radical Transformation, Oct. 20

Sacramento Bee: Let’s Name Names On Water Hogs, Oct. 19

L.A. Times: Paper Plates and Plastic Forks? Drought Restrictions Rankles Restaurants and Diners, Oct. 13

L.A. Times: Restrictions On Water Rates Get Newfound Opposition From Gov. Jerry Brown, Oct. 13

San Jose Mercury News: Leaking Water Pipes Losing Billions Of Gallons Targeted By New State Law, Oct. 13

Sacramento Bee: Poll: California’s Drought Heavy On The Mind, Oct. 12

Sacramento Bee: California’s Water Hogs Need A Little Sunshine, Oct. 12

L.A. Times: In Bel-Air, Someone Is Using 1,300 Gallons Of Water – Per Hour, Oct. 7

San Francisco Chronicle: Fort Bragg Orders Restaurants To Use Disposable Plates, Cups, Oct. 5

Sacramento Bee: Will El Nino “Solve” Drought? Not If The Rain Falls In Southern California, Oct. 4


L.A. Times: Water, 2015, California: The No-Good, Very Bad Year – Now, 'Pray For Rain,' Sept. 30

Sacramento Bee: Southern California Schools Sacramento Region On Water Conservation, Sept. 25

L.A. Times: MWD's Water Recycling Plan Is A Good One, But Don't Call It "Toilet to Tap," Sept. 23

L.A. Times: Metropolitan Water District Aims To Build Plant To Recycle Sewage Into Drinking Water, Sept. 22

Las Vegas Review-Journal: SNWA Could Lease Water To Drought-Stricken California, Sept. 15

L.A. Times: Sierra Nevada Snowpack Is Much Worse Than Thought: A 500-Year Low, Sept. 14


L.A. Times: The Drought’s Hidden Victim: California’s Native Fish, Aug. 24

Sacramento Bee: Maybe The Drought Is The New Normal, Aug. 21

L.A. Times: California Drought: Climate Change Plays A Role, Study Says. But how big?, Aug. 20

L.A. Times: Another Toll Of The Drought: Land Is Sinking Fast In San Joaquin Valley, Study Shows, Aug. 19

Sacramento Bee: Keep the Flood of Water-Saving Policies Coming, Aug. 17

Sacramento Bee: Price, Risk Weight Heavily On Farmers Who Would Draw From Delta Water Tunnels, Aug. 8


L.A. Times: Keeping Up With the Joneses' Drought-Friendly Yard Boosted MWD's Tab for Rebates, July 29

L.A. Times: Drought Now Californians’ Top Concern, Poll Finds, July 29

L.A. Times: California Is Falling Apart; Here’s Why, July 29

Sacramento Bee: Delta Dispute Raises Urgent Question: Whose Water Is It?, July 18

L.A. Times: Shrinking Colorado River Is A Growing Concern For Yuma Farmers – And Millions Of Water Users, July 18

Sacramento Bee: Status Quo In The Delta Is Untenable, July 18

L.A. Times: Water Managers Dodge Bullet With “May Miracle” Rains, July 17

L.A. Times: How More Lawn Restrictions Could Remake the California Landscape, July 15

L.A. Times: A Journey Into the Drylands, July 15

Sacramento Bee: As Lakes Drawn, We Must Rethink Water, July 4

Sacramento Bee: Californians Cut Water Use 29 Percent In May, July 1

L.A. Times: Downtown L.A.'s Four-Year Rain Total Lowest Ever Recorded, July 1


L.A. Times: On The Depleted Kern River, Rafting Companies Look To Ride Out The Drought, June 30

Sacramento Bee: State Water System Stretched to Limit, Officials Say, June 24

L.A. Times: Mono Lake's Ecological Crisis is a Blow to Wildlife, L.A. Water Supply, June 24

New York Times: Troubled Delta System Is California’s Water Battleground, June 24

Sacramento Bee: Under New Plan, Folsom Lake Could Be Dangerously Dry Within Months, June 23

Sacramento Bee: UC Davis Study Finds Dry Weather Threatening California Wildflowers, June 22

Sacramento Bee: Lawsuits Challenge California’s Drought Plan, June 19

2015 Cont.

Sacramento Bee: Everyone Needs To Deal With The Drought, June 15

Orange County Register: In The Drought, O.C. Agencies Learn To Say “Conserve” In Several Languages, June 14

Sacramento Bee: California Curtails Senior Water Rights For Farmers, Others, June 12

L.A. Times: Dying Trees May Force A New Outlook On Irrigation During Drought, June 12

Orange County Register: In The Drought, O.C. Agencies Learn To Say “Conserve” In Several Languages, June 14

Sacramento Bee: California Curtails Senior Water Rights For Farmers, Others, June 12

L.A. Times: Dying Trees May Force A New Outlook On Irrigation During Drought, June 12

L.A. Times: State Attorney General Challenges Ruling Against Tiered Water Rates, June 11

L.A. Times: Gov. Jerry Brown Sees California Getting Through Drought, June 10

L.A. Times: Gov. Brown Says Fixing Delta Water System, June 10

L.A. Times: Backers Of Desalination Hope Carlsbad Plant Will Disarm Critics, June 4

L.A. Times: As California Drought Worsens, Experts Urge Water Reforms, June 1


Sacramento Bee: Brown Makes Case For Tunnels Project To Business, Civic Leaders, May 28

L.A. Times: Trading Grass For Cash: MWD Has A Winner On Its Hands, May 27

L.A. Times: Southland Water District Oks $350 Million More For Lawn Replacement Rebates, May 27

Sacramento Bee: Large Majority of Californians Support Water Restrictions Amid Drought, May 18

U-T San Diego: Even El Nino Won’t End State’s Drought, May 17

L.A. Times: Drought Kills 12 Million Trees In California’s National Forests, May 6

San Jose Mercury News: California Drought: State Water Board Passes First Mandatory Urban Water Limits In State History, May 6

Sacramento Bee: There’s No Time To Waste On Gov. Brown’s Delta Plan, May 4

U-T San Diego: State Facing Worst Drought In History, May 2

L.A. Times: California Snowpack Survey Canceled: “Drought Is Severe,” May 1


L.A. Times: What’s Next On California’s Water Rates? April 22

U-T San Diego: Persuasion Helps To Save Water, April 18

Sacramento Bee: It’s Time For An Honest Discussion About Water, April 18

L.A. Times: The MWD's Boss Tells It Like It Is On California's Water Woes, April 15

L.A. Times: Water Supplier Oks 15% Cut To Cities, Water Districts In Southland, April 14

L.A. Times: Drought Unlikely To Cause Major Damage To California Economy, Analysts Say, April 14

L.A. Times: MWD Plans To Ration Water To Southland Districts, Cities, April 7

Sacramento Bee: On Water, Big Ag Should Ante Up, Too, April 5

New York Times: California Drought Tests History Of Endless Growth, April 4

L.A. Times: Mandatory Water Cuts Put Pressure On California Communities, April 2


Real Clear Politics: Mega-Drought Threatens the American West, March 30

New York Times: As California Drought Enters 4th Year, Conservation Effort and Worries Increases, March 17

L.A. Times: California Has About One Year Of Water Left. Will You Ration Now?, March 12

CBS - Los Angeles: State Water Project to Increase Deliveries 5 Percent, March 2

San Jose Mercury News: California Drought Likely A Fixture, Says Stanford Study, March 2


L.A. Times: Amid Drought, A Turf War Between Residents and Homeowners Associations, Feb. 27

Sacramento Bee: Fighting Over Trickles On Tragically Beautiful Winter Days, Feb. 21

Sacramento Bee: State's Population Growth Expected to Outstrip Water Conservation in Coming Years, Feb. 15

KPBS: Metropolitan Water District to Consider Cutting Deliveries, Feb. 9


Sacramento Bee: Sierra Snowpack Dismal for January; Fourth Year of Drought Looks Likely, Jan. 30

L.A. Times: Scientists See Shrinking California Snowpack As A Harbinger, Jan. 29

Sacramento Bee: Pressure’s On To Help Delta Fish Suffering Amid Drought, Jan 19

L.A. Times: California Drought Could End With Storms Know As Atmospheric Rivers, Jan 18

San Francisco Chronicle: Drought fears return with signs of 4th straight dry year, Jan. 16

New York Times: 2014 Breaks Heat Record, Challenging Global Warming Skeptics, Jan. 16

Sacramento Bee: Progress In State’s Water Policy Was Remarkable Last Year, Jan. 3