California’s State Senate has approved a bill that would ban drilling new wells where aquifers are in “critical overdraft,” and mandate that some cities and counties require permits for any applications to drill a well.
Oregon water systems will become more transparent about lead in drinking water, including the location of lead service lines and the results of mandatory tests.
In what could bode well for other small water systems in California, the city of Tulare will merge its water system with Pratt Mutual Water Co., which serves the neighboring disadvantaged community of Matheny Tract’s 1,200 residents.
Schools in Oregon—10 so far— have fallen outside regulatory limits for lead in their drinking water during the past four years, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Moreover, many schools in the state have yet to be tested.
California’s farmers markets—some of the most enviable in the nation—are increasingly bare, illustrating the state’s ongoing drought despite recent rains. Many farmers are resting their land and taking time off.