Santa Cruz, California – A small city of about 60,000 people at the northern tip of the Monterey Bay, normally heavily reliant on groundwater and reservoir water sources, is facing a serious water shortage during California’s latest drought years. Santa Cruzian’s are being advised to limit their water usage and not forget about the ongoing … Continue reading Cuts in Water Usage, Cuts in Utility Bill
Chilling cold fronts are sweeping across the central and eastern United States this winter with record lows. Thick snow and heavy rain has coated many eastern cities this winter. Local water utilities have released warnings of the potential for problems associated with frozen pipes. Water left over in pipes and hoses can freeze if exposed … Continue reading 5 Ways to Preserve Your Pipes in Sub-zero Temps
Background The San Lorenzo Watershed in Santa Cruz County, California is a large coastal drainage system in a temperate rainforest that funnels into the San Lorenzo River. More than 40 creeks feed into the river that eventually drains out into the Pacific Ocean, at the northern tip of Monterey Bay. The San Lorenzo Watershed creeks … Continue reading CWS Assists Undergraduate Student Research Project
New analysis of Los Angeles city water distribution systems shows huge deficiencies in the cleanliness and durability of the city’s water pipes. Large amounts of money are spent at Los Angeles water treatment facilities, only to be pumped through city distribution pipes that are on average 58 years old and desperately require maintenance. The contaminated … Continue reading Why You May Need Point of Use Water Filtration
Election day is just around the corner, next Tuesday, November 4th. Some big measures line the ballot this year, one of which seeks to address the water shortage emergency California currently is in. The proposition allows the state to borrow $7.5 billion in bonds to fund water resource management projects throughout the state. The new, … Continue reading Proposition 1: Water Bond on California’s Election Ballot
Arsenic, a natural occurring element in the geology of many regions, is an important contaminant of well water to look out for. The map above shows wells sampled across the country and their arsenic concentration levels. The EPA’s maximum contaminant level is strictly set for public health concerns at 10 micrograms per liter. Local … Continue reading Arsenic Contamination of Well Water: A Real Issue
Spin Down Filter Cleans Garden Well Water Periodically we donate water filters and/or offer technical support free of charge to non-profit organizations and charities. Recently we had the pleasure of helping the folks at the Free Farm Project in San Francisco use a Spin Down Filter to clean up sediment from their well water source! … Continue reading Spin Down Filter Cleans Garden Well Water
September is rolling by as it marks the transition from the dry summer season into what will hopefully be a wetter winter season. The most recent drought parching the United States for the past three years indicates record low levels of precipitation in the west, while at the same time, above average precipitation levels impact … Continue reading Top 10 States Affected by the Drought in the U.S.