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  • Water Restriction Violation
    07.22.14

    5 Things You Need To Know: New Water Restrictions In California

    The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) approved emergency drought regulations on July 15 prohibiting the application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff. They also approved prohibiting potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature unless the water is part of a recirculating system. The new water restrictions also bar residents and commercial water users from using drinkable water to hose off sidewalks and driveways, or wash cars without a shutoff nozzle. The... MORE >

  • Smart Irrigation Month Coloring Book Cover
    07.15.14

    Is Smart Irrigation Really the Smart Choice

    July is the Irrigation Association’s Smart Irrigation Month. This year the Irrigation Association used a Thunderclap campaign to promote Smart Irrigation Month. Since this was the first year they had a modest goal, which was exceeded by 36%. As a result of the campaign at noon on July 7th the campaign reached over 130,000 people via Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Being a good water conservationist I promoted the Thunderclap in the Alliance for Water Efficiency group on LinkedIn. The comments... MORE >

  • Green Infrastructure Queens NYC Chris Hamby
    06.17.14

    Green Infrastructure Helps Manage Water

    As municipalities, commercial developers and private landowners increasingly turn to green infrastructure to manage water at the site and regional level, plants and managed landscapes are taking a leading role. Parks, urban forests, green roofs, rain gardens, constructed wetlands, permeable pavement, cisterns…these are the new roots of urban resilience. North Carolina’s Green Industry Council will spotlight the benefits of green infrastructure during their 4th Annual Water Symposium, scheduled for July 24 at the Jane S. McKimmon Center on the campus of... MORE >

  • Take the mystery out of your water bill. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
    05.27.14

    WHY IS MY WATER BILL A MYSTERY?

    Water bills are a challenge for most consumers to understand and getting more complicated.  If I ask someone who drives, what is the price of a gallon a gas they can respond in a few seconds and be relatively close to the exact amount they would pay at their local gas station.  If I ask the same person about the price of a barrel of oil sometimes they know, but if they are able to use the internet, they will... MORE >

  • Here Comes The Rain
    05.06.14

    10 Songs About Rain

    Rain is an important step in the water cycle and the first step for proper water management of landscape irrigation.  For those living in warm dry regions it is hard to imagine growing crops or landscapes with just the rain water harvested from your geographic area.  According to the EPA, nationwide, landscape irrigation accounts for nearly one-third of all residential water use, totaling nearly 9 billion gallons per day. The water used for this irrigation often comes from rain water, ... MORE >

  • Salt Water in a Glass
    04.08.14

    Desalination – A Foolproof Solution for Water Scarcity?

    71% of the earth is covered by oceans and weekly I get the same question – Why don’t we just use ocean water to solve the water problems you keep talking about? Removing salt from water, especially ocean water in coastal communities is an option for solving our water issues.  Desalination is the process used to remove salt and minerals from seawater or brackish water (brackish water is less salty than sea water and more salty than fresh water and... MORE >

  • Miracle Machine Water to Wine
    04.01.14

    Miracle Machine: Water to Wine

    Friends and readers of VCTO know I love wine and you probably figured out water is also an interest of mine. So when my boss sent me a link about the Miracle Machine that turns water to wine in only 3 days with just $2 of ingredients I was hooked. Just to make sure the $499 product was legit, I found articles by Time magazine as well as Discovery News about the Miracle Machine! There is even an “app for that”... MORE >

  • Bond
    03.25.14

    The Water Bond – 2014

    We learned about water stocks and water banks so it just seems natural to make the next step to water bonds.  In this case specifically, the California Water Bond or as many people like to refer to it as – The Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act.  The hope is with additional funding of $11 billion, residents of California can rest knowing they won’t have to worry about water for the next 50 years or so.  The Water... MORE >

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