Intermediate Water Distribution Course

We are scheduled to teach a 36-hour Intermediate Water Distribution Operator course for the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association next week.  This course is intended for folks who need a second course in water distribution so that …
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Water Supply Update

December 1 is an important time for a water supply update.  This is usually when we hear from the California Department of Water Resources as to the “Allocation” of water to the State Water Project.  As of this morning, we …
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Huell Howser Retires

He is a California public television icon, and apparently he is retiring.  Huell Howser has been the host of California Gold and other similar shows for as long as we can remember.  But what does that have to do with …
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Yet Another Water Demand

Water is essential to life.  Yeah, we got that, and so did our ancestors, who all settled next to rivers that flowed twelve months a year.  We all need to ingest water every day, or we’ll die.  But water’s vital …
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Peripheral Tunnels

We may need to discontinue our subscription to the Los Angeles Times — we’re not sure that our blood pressure can handle it any longer.  It’s not really the Times’ fault — this time.  Their Bettina Boxall is merely reporting …
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Tillman Water Reclamation Plant

  As a true native of Los Angeles, California, we are always amused by efforts to “restore” the Los Angeles River.  In today’s Los Angeles Times, Sam Allen reports that “The Los Angeles Conservation Corps celebrated the second season of its “Paddle the …
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Water Supply at the Autumnal Equinox

Like our ancestors, we like to note key celestial events such as the Autumnal Equinox — the official first day of Fall.  This year we were away from the office, so we couldn’t post anything.  Instead, we were engaged in …
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Call of Duty

It’s been a few months since our last California water supply update, so we must respond to the call of duty: it’s time to venture into the Sierra Nevada to ascertain first hand our water supply situation.  It’s quite a …
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Restore Hetch Hetchy?

Water is vital to life.  It is also vital to economic activity.  And water is scarce in the desert southwest United States.  Because of this conflict between need and availability, there are many lurid stories related to water supply in …
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Summer is Water Conservation Time

Memorial Day weekend is past us, which means that Summer is upon us.  As we pointed out in our last post, that means higher flows and lower pressures for our water systems.  One way to reduce those peak flow rates …
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Memorial Day 2012

A few years ago, I had the privilege of visiting the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Today’s photo is from that visit.  This is a beautiful final resting place for 34,000 of our fallen veterans, whom …
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King’s River: 2011 and 2012

The desktop photo on my home computer is shown in today’s photo.  It is from my “water supply survey” from May of last year.  I didn’t get a chance to visit King’s Canyon again this Spring, but I did come …
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Final Snow Survey Results

The California Department of Water Resources conducted their final snow survey earlier this week.  The survey showed that the Sierra snow pack is only at 40 percent of normal for this time of year.  This is in stark contrast to …
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Water Supply Update: Yosemite

What a difference a year makes!  Last year we experienced record precipitation in much of California; this year we’ve been praying for rain!  Here at MOST, we like to give you first-hand accounts of the water supply situation in California, …
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Water Supply Update

It’s been a wacky few years for water supply in California.  After a string of dry years, last year we had record precipitation, coupled with a mild, wet Spring, and the result was a significant increase in water stored in …
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