Los Angeles officials have steadfastly refused to identify the Wet Prince of Bel Air, the homeowner who pumped an astonishing 11.8 million gallons of water during a single year of California’s crippling drought. So we decided to figure it out ourselves. The hard way.
State Sen. Jerry Hill wants California to smack its biggest water users with hefty fines and bad publicity.
Los Angeles’ 100 biggest residential water customers have cut back on their wasteful ways, but they still pumped enough during the fifth year of California’s crippling drought to supply the needs of 2,800 ordinary households.
The powerful storm that pounded California recently seemed like the break the state so desperately needed. But it wasn’t enough. In fact, there is probably no storm capable of washing away California’s water woes, scientists say.
Classified U.S. cables between American diplomats show a mounting concern by global political and business leaders that water shortages could spark unrest across the world, with dire consequences.
Tanks are now the primary source of water for more than 540 households in Tulare County, the epicenter of California’s four-year drought. In the poor, unincorporated community of East Porterville, the outlook is particularly bleak.
With California in the throes of a massive drought, our audience was most interested in finding out the price of water.
By denying the severity of the drought, Nevada ranchers fought to reopen public lands that had been closed to grazing. But some of these same ranchers have collected drought subsidies from the government.
The Union of Concerned Scientists has concluded that the state needs to build underground water storage systems beneath cities to capture storm runoff, which can be used later during drought years.
Arizonans are debating what actions to take after a Reveal investigation showed the state’s limited aquifers are being drained to grow and ship crops overseas.