Italian company asks to access land near Grand Canyon
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Italian real estate company that has long eyed development outside the Grand Canyon's South Rim again is seeking permission to improve forest roads and run utilities to...
Low water supply causes Alaska borough emergency declaration
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Low water supplies in two Alaska communities have resulted in an emergency declaration by area officials, a report said.
Mississippi city to remove EPA fee from some water bills
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — A special $5 Environmental Protection Agency fee in place since 2015 is coming off Vicksburg residential utility bills Oct. 1.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Researchers at West Virginia University are testing an idea to help save freshwater resources by combining wastewater from power plants with wastewater from...
WVU team aims to cut water use at power plants
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Researchers at West Virginia University are trying to figure out how to create a more environmentally friendly way to keep power plants running.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Officials have temporarily placed restrictions on water use on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park after rockslides caused a pipeline...
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Washington state and an electric utility have reached an agreement that provides an uninterrupted water supply to hundreds of homes affected by regulations protecting...
The Latest: Montana to appeal mine permit revocation
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a court order that revoked a water use permit for a mine proposed beneath a Montana wilderness area (all times local):
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The mayor of Nebraska's capital has ordered residents to cut their water use in half because the city's well fields are threatened by record flooding on the Platte...
Questions raised about cannabis growers’ water use
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Charles Cook and Suezan Hill-Cook didn't think much of a medical marijuana growing operation when it set up shop next to their home near Redmond in 2015. Over the next few years,...
Bill calls for curating data on New Mexico water resources
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A council focused on curating data related to water use and resources in New Mexico would be created under legislation introduced in the state House of...
Maui begins process to update 20-year water plan
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui is working to update its 20-year plan that guides the management and use of water across the island.
Public hearings begin this week on the new draft of the water use and development plan, which Maui County last adopted in 1990, The Maui News reported .
South Carolina regulators want new rules for water use
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Environmental regulators in South Carolina want more authority to manage water use in the state.
The board at the Department of Health and Environmental Control voted Thursday for new rules that would apply in seven counties that have no limit on the amount of water that can be withdrawn, The State newspaper reported.
AP FACT CHECK: Romney oversimplifies Western water shortage
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney took up the question of water shortage this week in Utah, one of the driest states in the country, during a debate as he runs for a U.S. Senate seat in his adopted home state against Democrat Jenny Wilson. But federal water managers say he oversimplified a complex issue when he said Utah's unused water allotment goes to California.
Trial under way in long-running northern Arizona water case
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A trial over water rights is underway in one of the longest-running court cases in Arizona history.
The case will determine who has rights to water from the Little Colorado River basin. The claims number in the thousands and likely exceed the water available.
The trial is expected to last years. Up first is the Hopi Tribe, which will spend the next couple of months outlining its past and present water use.
Authority will appeal key Vegas pipeline water rights ruling
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Water officials aren't giving up a nearly 30-year effort to get state approval to pump groundwater from arid valleys just west of the Utah state line and pipe it to faucets, fountains and fairways in Las Vegas.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority board decided Thursday to appeal last month's decision by Nevada's top state water official to deny the agency key groundwater use rights in parts of Lincoln and White Pine counties.
Residents asked to cut back on water use during heat wave
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Portsmouth city officials are asking residents to reduce the amount of water they use as demand soars during a heat wave.
Arizona sides with developer in river water use dispute
PHOENIX (AP) — A proposed housing development that opponents say will dry out one of the Southwest's only free-flowing rivers can take shape after the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the developer has proved it has sufficient long-term water supply.
But plaintiffs in the long-standing lawsuit against the Pueblo Del Sol Water Company over its proposed 7,000-home development plan to take the case to federal court.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a water rights case in southern Arizona (all times local):
The Arizona Supreme Court has sided with a proposed development in southern Arizona in a water-rights case involving one of the Southwest's only free-flowing rivers, the San Pedro.
Deal resolves water use dispute between Kansas, Colorado
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Colorado has agreed to pay Kansas $2 million in a settlement resolving claims regarding Colorado's past use of water under the Republican River Compact.
Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer said in a news release Friday that the settlement is an investment in the basin to ensure a better future for Kansas water users.
The Republican River Compact allocates the waters of the basins between the states of Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Records show U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul and his family last year used more water than any other residence served by the Austin Water district, consuming more than 1.4 million gallons.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that McCaul's home is one of 22 residences that used more than 1 million gallons of city water.
GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — City officials say the groundwater in one of the largest cities near the Navajo Nation is being mined at a faster rate than it can recharge thanks to drought conditions.
The Gallup Independent reports Gallup, New Mexico, officials said Tuesday that groundwater levels in the city have dropped about 200 feet over the past 10 years. Officials say within the decade, the supply is not expected to meet current water demands.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The water level in an Idaho aquifer increased 1.7 million acre-feet (2.1 billion cubic-meters) over last year.
It's the single largest increase in the water volume in more than 80 years, the Capital Press reported .
Abundant precipitation during the past two years, recharge efforts and reduced water use by farmers boosted the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.
KELSO, Wash. (AP) — The western Washington city of Kelso is asking residents to voluntarily limit water use due to low flows in the Cowlitz River.
City Manager Steve Taylor tells The Daily News that residents are being asked to limit yard watering and vehicle washing to 30 minutes on even days of the month for even-numbered addresses and on odd days for odd-numbered addresses.
Residents are also being encouraged to limit showers to five minutes.
Nearly half of New Hampshire in moderate drought
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — About half of New Hampshire is in a drought, and state regulators are recommending that outdoor water use be limited until conditions improve.
The United States drought monitor said Thursday that 45 percent of the state is having a moderate drought, and the rest of the state is abnormally dry.
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington is implementing tougher steps to conserve water because voluntary usage reductions haven't done enough to cope with the northwestern New Mexico city's water shortage.
The City Council on May 1 had declared a first-stage water shortage advisory and urged residents to conserve water to try to reduce use by 10 percent, but officials say water use since then actually increased with unusually warm temperatures and a lack of snowpack.
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Some South Texas cities have started restricting water usage due to dropping Edwards Aquifer levels amid drought conditions.
The Edwards Aquifer Authority on Monday announced Stage 1 pumping restrictions after the 10-day average level of an index well dropped below the minimum 660 feet (201 meters).
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — As Aspen officials are considering passing water restrictions due to low snowpack levels, they have asked residents to do their part and reduce water use by 10 percent.
The Aspen Times reports that on Tuesday, city council agreed to announce that "stage one" water shortage conditions exist.
DETROIT (AP) — An energy conservation program is reaching out to owners and managers of small, commercial buildings in Detroit to show them ways to cut their energy and water use in half.
The Detroit 2030 District's May 16 meeting at Next Energy also will give information on how to lower transportation greenhouse gas emissions.
CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) — Residents of several Southern California communities are being asked to limit water use this week while a major pipeline is closed for repairs.
Starting Monday, the state Department of Water Resources will be fixing a portion of the Rialto Pipeline, which serves cities in parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.
The work is expected to last until Saturday. During that time agencies will rely solely on local water supplies instead of regional deliveries.
Mayor’s water use is 8 times the average Santa Fe home
Earlier this month, Mayor Alan Webber challenged Santa Fe residents to reduce water consumption as part of a campaign to help the city claim the title of the most water-wise municipality in the nation.
“We love our way of life in Santa Fe, and we want to pass it down to successive generations,” Webber said in a statement. “That means making sustainability a part of everything we do, especially where water is involved.”
Collaboration between NRD, DNR coming to fruition
Years of collaboration between the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources is about to pay off.
The two entities have been working together for several years on a voluntary integrated management plan, or IMP, for the Lower Elkhorn NRD that is slated to be ready for consideration by the district’s board sometime this summer.
Santa Fe joins Mayor’s Challenge to cut water use
Santa Fe is joining an annual national challenge, complete with cash and other prizes, that asks residents to make a long-term commitment to manage water resources more wisely.
Mayor Alan Webber is partnering with mayors nationwide in the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, a nonprofit community service campaign that begins Sunday and runs through the end of April, the city said in a statement emailed to The New Mexican.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon National Park is implementing more stringent water use restrictions and conservation measures due to a series of breaks in the pipeline that supplies the South Rim.
Park officials say the park will remain in conservation mode until water in storage tanks reaches sustainable levels.
Scientist: Ag water use in county grows at rapid pace
The United States Geologic Survey has released some preliminary numbers on the amount of groundwater being drawn from the Hualapai Basin aquifer.
The study shows that high-volume agricultural water use has increased in large amounts in recent years.
In 2014, agricultural use was about 8,000 acre feet, according to Jamie Macy, USGS supervisory hydrolgost at the Arizona Water Science Center. That number grew to 23,000 acre feet in 2015, and 32,500 feet in 2016, Macy said.
LONDON (AP) — Water companies in southeastern England and in Wales are asking customers to use less water after the rapid thaw following a recent freeze caused pipes to burst throughout their networks.
Bottling plant opponents appeal water-use permit
The long-running dispute over Montana Artesian Water Company's proposed Creston bottling facility entered a new phase Friday.
Last month, the Montana department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) granted Montana Artesian a water-use permit to withdraw up to 710 acre-feet of water a year for bottling. On Friday, the opposition group Water for Flathead's Future appealed that decision in District Court.
NID fears pot grows could make water conservation more challenging
The Nevada Irrigation District on Tuesday said it may have to re-work its master plan, which projects NID's water needs until 2023, to account for water usage associated with legal marijuana grows.
Because California's new cannabis regulations allow for the cultivation of up to six plants indoors, NID customers not associated with agricultural water use could potentially be using additional water, the district said.
Water policy bills could impact Mohave County
BULLHEAD CITY — Water policy proposals introduced in the Arizona Legislature last week could directly impact Mohave County.
“Section 25 is of concern for on-river users because it apparently provides broad sovereign immunity to Central Arizona Project in any dispute with
on-river users,” said Patrick Cunningham, HighGround Public Affairs Consultants general counsel. “Section 26
is of concern to on-river users because of the notice provision.”
Foxconn wants to tap 7 million gallons of water a day
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group wants to tap 7 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan to meet its needs.
The city of Racine asked the state Department of Natural Resources for permission Monday to divert water from the lake primarily to serve the planned display panel factory and campus.
Madison Water Utility pumps lowest amount of water in 50 years
The Madison Water Utility is looking to set a new target for reducing water usage in the city after it pumped just under 9.5 billion gallons of water in 2017, the lowest rate in 50 years.
It’s a significant achievement in water conservation considering Madison’s population grew by about 95,000 people in the last 50 years, spokeswoman Amy Barrilleaux said.
Water use in the city has followed a downward trend in the past decade, Barrilleaux said.
St. Paul looks to strengthen sustainable building requirements
Major building renovations that get funding from the city of St. Paul may soon have to meet certain green building standards, including providing electric vehicle charging and tracking water use.
South Carolina regulators are reviewing farms water use
LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Environmental officials in South Carolina are worried about how much water large farms are using.
The State newspaper reported the Department of Health and Environmental Control is looking to limit the amount of water that is removed from groundwater tables in Lexington and six other counties.
Grand Canyon keeps limits on water use due to pump problem
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Week-old mandatory conservation measures water remain in effect at Grand Canyon National Park while work is underway to fix malfunctioning pumps that deliver water to South Rim storage tanks as officials say further restrictions may be necessary.
The park's utility system provides water to millions of visitors annually in addition to the 2,000 residents who live within the park.
Louisiana Water Co. has requested water customers in Iberia Parish — including the city of New Iberia and the village of Loreauville — reduce the rate of flow of dripping what and/or only drip pipes on an intermittent basis.
Irrigation district to offer presentation on water use
MOHAVE VALLEY — As part of its regularly scheduled meeting, the Mohave Valley Irrigation & Drainage District Board of Directors will host a public education presentation on water in the district and its use now and in the future.
The meeting begins at 4 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Mohave Valley Fire Department, 1451 Willow Drive.
The agenda reflects board members will take no action on the public education portion of the meeting.
The Latest: Nestle says it will follow California water laws
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California regulators ruling on Nestle water claims (all times local):
Nestle, which sells Arrowhead bottled water, says it will comply fully with California law after regulators said it lacks valid permits to take millions of gallons of water from Southern California's San Bernardino National Forest.
Local students create “socially smart” irrigation system
When you think of water conservation, irrigation systems and artificial intelligence, the first image that comes to mind is most likely not that of a budding business run by 10 and 11-year-old students.
Yet, that's exactly what Hydrologicai is-a water irrigation system that uses artificial intelligence to measure soil moisture of a homeowner's lawn and intended to correct the amount of water used to save money.
North Carolina either abnormally dry or in moderate drought
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The latest report on drought conditions in North Carolina shows two-thirds of the state is either in moderate drought or is abnormally dry.
The latest report from the Drought Management Advisory Council on Thursday lists 24 counties in the center of the state as in moderate drought. The area stretches from the Virginia border to the South Carolina border.