One key way soggy California could save water for the next dry spell

There is so much water in the state’s vast plumbing system that for weeks, the big government water projects have reduced exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Yet there is more room than ever in one of the state’s most capacious storage spaces: the San Joaquin Valley aquifer.

Cancer-Causing Chemical TCP Plagues California Drinking Water

In the Central Valley of California, hundreds of wells that provide water to a million people are tainted with a chemical that some experts say is one of the most powerful cancer-causing agents in the world. The state is poised to take the first step Tuesday to regulate the substance — called 1,2,3, TCP — but test data compiled by an activist group show it's also been detected by utilities across the country.

California proposes strict limit on toxic chemical in drinking water

California would be the second state, after Hawaii, to establish a threshold for the former pesticide ingredient and industrial solvent known as TCP (1,2,3-trichloropropane) in drinking water.

California could have stored abundant water underground

California has much more potential to store water underground in aquifers than in surface reservoirs. The state should be focused on this opportunity for future years, writes scientist Mohammad Safeeq.

California’s ‘new’ environmentalism: Toxic air, tainted water driving climate-change debate

“We’ve done a lot for this global environment, but we’ve done very little for the needs of these communities,” said Garcia, a Mexican-American who heads the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

The dried-up heart of California's water dilemma

Tulare Lake is gone (although it makes a partial reappearance during very wet years like this one), but what the California Department of Water Resources now dubs the Tulare Lake Hydrologic Region is the most productive agricultural region in the state -- making it, by extension, the most productive agricultural region in the U.S. and probably the world.

Tracking down water pollution through DNA of algae

The degree of pollution of rivers resulting from human activities is assessed using different biotic indices. The latter reflect the ecological status of a river based on the quantity and diversity of organisms selected as bioindicators, due to their ecological preferences and tolerance to pollution.

#123TCP – The Toxic Chemical in California's Tap Water

Millions of homes across the state are connected to water sources contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical called 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP) and until recently, few Californians knew about it, let alone had any way to fight it.

Why we need to respect shared water resources: environmental issues are people issues too

A significant amount of the limited freshwater resources in the world are contaminated by pollutants from industry, farming, energy generation, and other human activities.

Americans’ fears about water pollution hit a 16-year high

A new poll finds Americans are more concerned about their drinking water than they are about any other environmental issue. Drinking-water scares like the lead contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, appear to have had a lingering impact on Americans’ concerns with their drinking-water supplies.

When it rains, Los Angeles sends billions of gallons of 'free liquid gold' down the drain

As Los Angeles continues to receive more rainfall, many are advocating for the construction of storm water capture projects to maintain the region's water supply.

Where does my water come from?

This article helps Californians identify their source(s) of drinking water, learn more about how drinking water is treated, and learn how to help prevent pollution of our groundwater and surface water supplies.

Over 300 L.A. neighborhoods had higher rates of children with elevated lead levels than Flint, Mich.

Los Angeles County Department of Health found that many children across the county have high levels of lead in their systems.

World Water Day: one in four children will live with water scarcity by 2040

UNICEF predicts that 600 million children in the world's poorest countries will suffer from the effects of water scarcity by 2040.

6 ways you can help keep our water clean

Water pollution and runoff can be prevented through simple daily tasks, such as going to a car wash and not flushing no degradable products.

California's poor hit hardest by unsafe drinking water

More than 3,000 of those residents are in the San Diego region, living in poor communities near Potrero, Pauma Valley and Borrego Springs.

8 Million Californians have been drinking polluted water for years

California is expected to set a strict state-level maximum contaminant level for a probable human carcinogen ― 28 years after the state’s Water Resources Control Board first detected the chemical in its drinking water system.

Can desalination plants quench California's thirst for water in a clean way?

The development of desalination plants in California has sparked a debate about the sustainability and efficacy of water desalination.

California has its own Flint, needs funding for safe drinking water

The lack of access to clean water has left more than 300 communities in California vulnerable.

Do you live near toxic waste? See 1,317 of the most polluted spots in the U.S.

With 98 Superfund sites in California and more than 1,300 across the country, Americans are suffering from exposure to toxic wastes and chemicals.

California's reservoirs are filled with gunk, and it's crowding out room to store water

If sediment in California's dams were cleared and recycled, the state could expand water storage capacity and provide sand for beaches and spawning beds for steelhead trout.

Oroville Dam faces another risk: Earthquakes from rapid rise in water levels

Oroville Dam not only faces a spillage crisis, but a seismic one as well. Scientists say the filling of the reservoir could produce a damaging earthquake in a generation.

Hundreds of thousands of Californians exposed to contaminated water

Nearly 1 million people don't have access to safe, reliable drinking water at home or at school.

Drinking water crisis brewing in California

Researches show that “more than 400 California communities have drinking water that does not meet safe standards.”

Safe drinking water evades the poor

An in-depth look at the everyday challenges of a family that does not have access to clean water in California, and the culprits.

Toxic water plagues rural California

Contaminated water with lead and copper are not uncommon even in California and a Fresno community is heavily affected.