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OC agency to expand recycled water plant

Jim Kutzle/Orange County Water District
| After the expansion, half the water used by customers of the Orange County Water District will come from recycled sources.

Santa Barbara to consider lawn watering ban

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The main reservoir supplying the Central Coast city is below 8 percent of capacity. If enacted, the ban would be the first in California during the current drought.

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Water use in California is increasing. Should we care?

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While state officials seem unfazed by the increase, others worry it means Californians aren’t taking the drought as seriously as before.

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Why 1 farmer grows feed indoors amid California's drought

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The drought has farmers looking for ways to use less water. Among them, growing feed indoors using hydroponics — a new diet that's making the sheep pretty happy.

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Despite drought, most CA water agencies ditch mandatory conservation

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In Southern California, nine in 10 water agencies have scrapped mandatory cuts but many still tout voluntary conservation. Some see mixed message in fifth year of drought.

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Can Southern Californians save water without being told to?

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How well are Southern Californians saving water without being told to? The answer in most places is: not great.

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Why it's so hard for California City to save water

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This small desert city was supposed to rival Los Angeles. Today, it has less than 15,000 people. That history is part of why it's difficult for the city to save water today.

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Californians cut water use by 28 percent in May

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In the last month of mandatory water restrictions, Californians saved 28% compared to May 2013. Going forward, agencies will set their own water cutback targets if necessary.

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