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California Has Given Away Rights to Far More Water than it Has

August 20, 2014 - in Analysis, Projects, Supply, Water

California has allocated five times more surface water than the state actually has, making it hard for regulators to tell whose supplies should be cut during a drought, University of California researchers reported. The scientists said California’s water-rights…

Diann Scott of Franklin Electric Named to Water Systems Council Board of Directors

July 31, 2014 - in People, Supply, Water

Dianna (Diann) G. Scott, Vice President Marketing, North America Water Systems for Franklin Electric, has been named to the Water Systems Council (WSC)…

Hard Truths About California’s Water History

December 27, 2013 - in Water

At the heart of California's vast and complex plumbing system, and the plan to re-engineer it with two tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River…

Septic Systems Contaminate Groundwater in Carson Valley, Nevada

December 5, 2013 - in Projects, Water

A recent study in Nevada's Carson Valley by the U.S. Geological Survey confirms that septic tanks are contaminating groundwater in the region with concentrations of nitrates, posing human health risks from contaminated drinking water. Conducted on a larger…

Land Subsidence Poses Risk to Water Infrastructure in California’s San Joaquin Valley

November 19, 2013 - in Maintenance, Projects, Water

Extensive groundwater pumping from San Joaquin Valley aquifers is increasing the rate of land subsidence, or sinking. This large-scale and rapid subsidence has the potential to cause serious damage to the water delivery infrastructure that brings water from…

California Aquifer Study Finds High Contentration of Nitrates in the Groundwater

September 27, 2013 - in Projects, Water

Nitrate was detected at high concentrations in 10 percent of the aquifer system used for public supply in coastal areas of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report. Trace elements, such as naturally occurring…

Stay Current on Your Rivers with USGS WaterNow

February 27, 2013 - in Modeling, Water

For the first time, anyone can find out the current conditions on thousands of rivers and streams across the country, right from their phone, using USGS' latest system WaterNow. WaterNow makes the water conditions monitored by more than 16,000 streamgages…