Tag: severe drought

If these factors do not support precipitation volumes sufficient to reach the surface over a sufficient time, the result is a drought. Drought can be triggered by a high level of reflected sunlight and above average prevalence of high pressure systems, winds carrying continental, rather than oceanic air masses, and ridges of high pressure areas aloft can prevent or restrict the developing of thunderstorm activity or rainfall over one certain region. Once a region is within drought, feedback mechanisms such as local arid air, hot conditions which can promote warm core ridging, and minimal evapotranspiration can worsen drought conditions.

State Water Board Adopts Climate Change Resolution

State Water Board Adopts Climate Change Resolution

Today the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a resolution requiring a proactive approach to climate change in all Board actions, including drinking water regulation, water quality protection, and financial assistance.

“Today’s Board action is part of California’s continuing leadership on climate change,” said State Water Board Vice-Chair Fran Spivy-Weber, and

Desalination in the Age of Water Scarcity

Desalination in the Age of Water Scarcity

At least a dozen different desalination technologies exist. Distillation was the first—used thousands of years ago, and the most common through the 1990s. The process involves evaporating water by thermal or vacuum methods, thereby leaving solids behind, and condensing the desalted vapor into liquid form.

Saving Water With Smart Irrigation

Saving Water With Smart Irrigation

For four years, the state of California has experienced severe drought conditions, a situation predicted to continue “for the foreseeable future,” according to Governor Jerry Brown’s recent emergency proclamation, which calls for action from the State Water Resources Control Board and local water suppliers to “prevent waste and unreasonable use

State Water Board Adopts Extended Emergency Water Conservation Regulation

State Water Board Adopts Extended Emergency Water Conservation Regulation

Extended Regulation Gives More Flexibility to Water Suppliers to Meet Conservation Targets

With California still experiencing severe drought despite recent rains, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) today adopted an extended and revised emergency regulation to ensure that urban water conservation continues in 2016.

The regulation extends restrictions on

Drought-Proof Design

Drought-Proof Design

Perhaps no one captured the vision as well as John F. Kennedy.
“If we could ever competitively, at a cheap rate, get freshwater from saltwater,” he said in a 1961 press conference, “it would be in the long-range interests of humanity, which would really dwarf any other scientific accomplishments. I am

Reader Profile: John Taylor

Reader Profile: John Taylor

Depending on the study, irrigation can account for 40–60% of overall water use. A Texas A&M study concludes the average landscape acre is over-watered by more than 200%. “There is nothing we do with water that uses as much or wastes as much as irrigation,” says John Taylor. “Water is

Reader Profile: John Taylor

Reader Profile: John Taylor

Depending on the study, irrigation can account for 40–60% of overall water use. A Texas A&M study concludes the average landscape acre is over-watered by more than 200%. “There is nothing we do with water that uses as much or wastes as much as irrigation,” says John Taylor. “Water is

Challenges and Opportunity in the US Water Infrastructure Market

Challenges and Opportunity in the US Water Infrastructure Market

Trends in the US infrastructure market are constantly shifting, driven by economic cycles, regulation, technology, and growth. Today, there is arguably no sector facing a more critical shortfall between demand and investment than the US water market. The country’s water and wastewater infrastructure suffers from subpar conditions throughout the supply

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