Category Archives: WATER WARS

TURN in YOUR Neighbor: Drought app lets you tattle-tale on water wasters in your community . . App to go state-wide, then nation-wide . . .‏

COMMENT:  Remember we DO NOT have a water shortage.  Water is RENEWABLE – We have Primary Water. . .  go to to learn the REAL Water Science . . .
TURN in YOUR Neighbor:  Drought app lets you tattle-tale on water wasters in your community . . App to go state-wide, then nation-wide . . .
Amid the drought in California where residents are being asked to conserve water, one county created an app that lets neighbors report people wasting water. VPC . . . 6/3/15


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With Californians tasked to cut back water during a four-year drought, the sound of water run-off has become a call to action.

California’s Placer County Water Agency has two new smart phone apps, launched last October. One is a shower timer, which converts time in shower to gallons of water used.

The second, sure to be more discussed, allows people to report water wasters.

WATER WARS: California Drought: Landlords pass along water bills to coax apartment dwellers to conserve . . .‏

WATER WARS:  SB 7 may require individual water submeters for all NEW construction . . . 
California Drought: Landlords pass along water bills to coax apartment dwellers to conserve
Julia Prodis Sulek

Posted:   06/06/2015 02:08:37 PM PDT0 Comments | Updated:   52 min. ago
Samantha Brown, carrying her son 8-month-old Mateo, walks around the Mountain View Apartments in Concord, Calif., on Tuesday, May 27, 2015. Brown, a former

Samantha Brown, carrying her son 8-month-old Mateo, walks around the Mountain View Apartments in Concord, Calif., on Tuesday, May 27, 2015. Brown, a former resident of the apartment complex, her husband and four children, moved out after suddenly having to pay for water on a flat rate basis. She felt it was unfair for her to have to pay for other tenants wasteful water habits. Because there are no “sub-meters” on each unit, there is no way to determine how much water is being used in individual units. With cities and water districts across the state enforcing mandatory water restrictions this summer, this creates a real dilemma. (Dan Honda)
CONCORD — For years, renters at the boxy apartment complex on Monument Boulevard were like many tenants across California: They never paid a water bill.

But as California’s devastating drought enters its fourth summer and water rates and penalties are surging, landlords are increasingly passing along those costs — on top of the monthly rent.

It isn’t just the additional cost that’s irking renters — it’s the growing suspicion among neighbors suddenly stuck splitting one big water bill. A vast majority of California’s apartment complexes have one master water meter, not individual ones for each unit. So there’s no way to measure who’s conserving and who is letting the tap run wild.

“I’m not going to pay for other people to do their laundry and take hourlong showers,” said Samantha Brown, who recently moved out of the Concord apartment complex into a single-family home. “It’s not fair.”

Tensions over water are mounting among tenants of multifamily dwellings in a state where more than 40 percent of the population live in apartment buildings — nearly 16 million people. A social experiment on water conservation is playing out on a grand scale, from studio apartments to penthouses, from duplexes to high rises.

The new reality for apartment dwellers is the latest installment in this newspaper’s ongoing series “A State of Drought.”

“When tenants are paying for a water bill, they conserve. When they’re not, they go crazy,” said Doug Smith, president of Fuller Enterprises, who started charging his renters for water last year at the Mountain View apartments in Concord, one of 22 apartment buildings he owns throughout the Bay Area.

Already, he says he has seen a 12 percent reduction in water use since he started billing his renters a year ago. On average, he says, his tenants’ water bills are running about $23 a month.

“Before, when tenants weren’t paying and the toilet was running and the shower was dripping, we’d say, ‘Why didn’t you tell us?’ ” he said. “Now, we get calls all the time. It encourages them to conserve.”
But others say it’s not that simple in the world of multifamily living, where relying on your neighbor is often harder than it sounds. Will tenants conserve if the family down the hall does not? Will landlords install low-flow toilets and fix leaky faucets if they no longer pay the water bill?
“It creates a situation where no one is doing the right thing around conserving water,” said Leah Simon-Weisberg, legal director of the San Francisco-based tenants’ rights group Tenants Together.
That’s not what you want to hear in the midst of California’s worst drought in history, with Gov. Jerry Brown imposing severe water restrictions and big fines for abusers.
While much drought conservation attention has been focused on California farmers and homeowners with big yards, who use far more water than apartment dwellers, water usage among the state’s millions of apartment dwellers still equals about 15 times what the city of San Francisco uses each year.
About 80 percent of apartment dwellers don’t have their own water meters to gauge their personal water use. So, for more than 12 million renters, there is no correlation between the amount of water they use and the cost, according to a legislative analysis of a new bill to correct that in the future.
For more than a decade, state lawmakers have grappled with the issue and are now considering legislation that would require “submeters” installed in each apartment unit for all new construction. But even if SB 7 passes, it would only affect those complexes built after 2018.
So what happens now?
“This summer, you’ll see more and more landlords, if they don’t already and can’t install submeters, they’ll probably ask tenants to pay (some share of) the water bill,” said Debra Carlton, the California Apartment Association’s senior vice president for public affairs, who has lobbied on behalf of 50,000 apartment building owners. “It’s not the best way to do it, but in some cases, it’s the only way.”
Landlords of rent-controlled apartments and Section 8 low-income housing are generally prohibited from billing tenants for water. And San Jose Water Co., which has announced strict water use limits on homeowners, has given its customers living in apartment complexes a pass, asserting that most are already fairly efficient with water use because they tend to have less landscaping than single-family homes.
Built in the 1960s, the Mountain View apartments in Concord look like so many others spread across California: more than 160 units, two-stories with long balconies, three small swimming pools and a few grassy areas.
Smith, who owns the complex, says he is doing his part to achieve state and local water conservation goals. He is cutting back landscape watering on his 22 properties to two days a week, as many local jurisdictions require, he said, and is replacing grass with synthetic lawns at some complexes.
His Fremont property has submeters, he said. But in Concord, he says he’s trying to be as fair as possible without them, picking up 20 percent of the total bill to pay for the common grassy and pool areas, and dividing the rest depending on the size of the apartments and number of occupants.
But if renters don’t do their part to conserve, everyone in the complex will have to pay even more.
“They need to work together,” he said. “If we’re going to be penalized, they’re going to be penalized.”
Easy for him to say. One renter at the Concord complex who didn’t want to be identified tried to band together with her neighbors to protest the water bills, but it fizzled when they feared they had little power or recourse.
William Scott, 25, who lives in the Concord complex, isn’t protesting. But he says splitting the water bill with neighbors isn’t the best solution.
“It’s a little frustrating. You can’t control it,” he said. “Who are you going to complain to? All you can do is try to save enough money to buy a house.”
While Smith is paying to water the common areas at the Concord apartments, he’s not required to by state law. That means some landlords could pass on the entire water bill to tenants — and if they want a lush lawn to attract new renters, drought be damned.
Last summer in Santa Cruz, which imposed some of the strictest water rules in the region, an apartment complex admitted it was overwatering its landscaping and was fined for exceeding its water allocation. While the owners denied they passed along the penalties to the tenants, the renters there contended that was the only explanation for the spike in their water bills.
Those in the apartment industry say that over time, when old apartment buildings are knocked down and new ones are built with submeters, tensions between landlords and tenants and among neighbors will surely diminish.
“I can understand where residents are coming from, that they’re getting a much worse deal now” by having to pay separate water bills, said Michael Foote of NWP Services, which provides utility billing and energy management services to apartment complexes across the country. “But partially, the deal they were getting was contributing to the problem.”
Requiring tenants to share the water bill is “leveling the playing field so everyone has skin in the game to conserve,” he said. “Changing people’s behavior is difficult. But one of the best ways to do it is through their wallets. That’s where people pay attention.”
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California moves to restrict water pumping by pre-1914 rights holders – LA Times 6/12/15 . . .‏

COMMENT:  Remember when you read these media scare tactics we MUST support the farmers and ranchers by distributing the REAL water facts, to them.  PRIMARY WATER is why we DO NOT have a water shortage. . . Go to and distribute the 1/2 page double sided flyers to everyone you know and consider joining the call to action by ordering car magnets to let others know this goods news – call (707) 586-9558 . . .  Spread the GOOD NEWS!   Primary Water – Water is Renewal. . . The media is now saying we have fossil water and peak water when the Earth is the water planet and continuously creates pure, clean water . .  Watch the YouTube “Primary Water Explained” . . . Help be part of the solution this is not ONLY a California water and land grab this is global and headed to your town.  Start educating NOW – well informed people will not consent to this falsified water science when they are armed with the TRUTH . . .

Obama administration announced $110 million in additional funding to provide temporary jobs for dislocated Californians, to support farmers and to improve water efficiency.


For the first time in nearly 40 years, state regulators are telling more than 100 growers and irrigation districts with some of the oldest water rights in California that they have to stop drawing supplies from drought-starved rivers and streams in the Central Valley.

The curtailment order, issued Friday by the State Water Resources Control Board, has been expected for weeks. Earlier this spring, the board halted diversions under some 8,700 junior rights. With snowmelt reduced to a trickle this year, there simply isn’t enough water flowing in rivers to meet the demand of all those with even older rights predating 1914.

And as flows continue to decline this summer, board officials said, they expect to issue more curtailments, stopping river pumping by more senior diverters.

Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen of Modesto condemned the board action. “Today’s water grab by the state board is disappointing, but not surprising,” she said in a statement. “It is one they have been eager to do for a long time and our current drought crisis gives them the cover they’ve been looking for to follow through.”

In California and the West, most rights to surface water are based on when the water was first diverted and used, a system known as “first in time, first in right.” The oldest claims date to the Gold Rush era, when miners sucked water from streams and used it to blast gold out of the Sierra Nevada foothills.

In the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, growers with riparian rights volunteered last month to reduce their use by 25% this summer — a deal that headed off possibly more severe cuts by the state board.

Friday’s curtailments apply to 86 senior rights holders in the Sacramento River watershed, 14 holders in the San Joaquin River watershed and 14 in the delta. Because some holders have multiple rights, the total number curtailed Friday was 276. Those with riparian rights were not affected.

In other drought action Friday, the Obama administration announced $110 million in additional funding to provide temporary jobs for dislocated Californians, to support farmers and to improve water efficiency.

The money comes on top of more than $190 million that federal agencies have already committed to aid drought-stricken communities this year, officials said.


WARNING: Smart Water Metering – The Qonnectis Network | Water Intelligence plc – ROTHSCHILD

Smart Water Metering – The Qonnectis Network | Water Intelligence plc – ROTHSCHILD . . .

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The Impacts of California’s Drought on Hydroelectricity Production‏

WATER WARS:  The Impacts of California’s Drought on Hydroelectricity Production . . .


The Pacific Institute just released a report that evaluates how California’s drought has resulted in less energy produced by hydroelectric dams and a greater reliance on the more expensive process of burning natural gas.

The current severe drought has many negative consequences. One of them that receives little attention is how the drought has fundamentally changed the way our electricity is produced. Under normal conditions, electricity for the state’s millions of users is produced from a blend of sources, with natural gas and hydropower being the top two. Since the drought has reduced the state’s river flows that power hundreds of hydropower stations, natural gas has become a more prominent player in the mix. This is an expensive change.

According to the Institute’s report, between October 2011 and October 2014, California’s ratepayers spent $1.4 billion more for electricity than in average years because of the drought-induced shift from hydropower to natural gas. In an average year, hydropower provides around 18 percent of the electricity needed for agriculture, industry, and homes. Comparatively, in this three-year drought period, hydropower made up less than 12 percent of total California electricity generation. The figure below (Figure 6 from the new study) shows the monthly anomalies in state hydropower generation in wet and dry years, and the severe cuts over the past three years.

PRIMARY WATER – Cover-up: SEVERAL OCEANS UNDERNEATH THE EARTH’S CRUST « The Burning Platform . . . Scientists INVENTING More Deception and NOT Admitting Water is a RENEWABLE!

INSIDER COMMENT: The article you will read below is covering-up the real water science. Since the water facts are emerging and people are understanding the Water Scarcity Crisis is a HOAX we can expect to read more attempts to hide the water facts . . . Those that are positioned to profit the most from the illusion of scarce water resources are scrambling to invent confusion as you will see in the article below. . . You will note the article states, “after decades of theorizing and searching, scientists are reporting that they’ve finally found a massive reservoir of water in the Earth’s mantle – a reservoir so vast that could fill the Earth’s oceans three times over. This discovery suggests that Earth’s surface water actually came from within, as part of a “whole-Earth water cycle”, rather than the prevailing theory of icy comets striking Earth billions of years ago” End Quote –

Of course, the scientists HAD to move out of the icy comet theory since so much has been revealed about Primary Water and consistently PROVEN for many many decades . . . What is being hidden in the article are the simple words – Water is RENEWABLE and is continuously created as a constant natural process within the Earth’s mantle . . . Think about hot and cold springs, geysers, desert oasis and many wells that have been providing pure clean water to other cities, countries and privileged people world-wide. . . Primary water has been a well kept secret . . And the article below is NOT the entire TRUTH . . . Go to where you can read the water bible “New Water for a Thirsty World”. Watch the YouTube “Primary Water Explained” and take ACTION to help get the REAL WATER FACTS OUT – FAR and WIDE!

EXCERPT: A fascinating new discovery. Posted 5/7/2015 . . .

After decades of theorizing and searching, scientists are reporting that they’ve finally found a massive reservoir of water in the Earth’s mantle — a reservoir so vast that could fill the Earth’s oceans three times over. This discovery suggests that Earth’s surface water actually came from within, as part of a “whole-Earth water cycle,” rather than the prevailing theory of icy comets striking Earth billions of years ago. As always, the more we understand about how the Earth formed, and how its multitude of interior layers continue to function, the more accurately we can predict the future. Weather, sea levels, climate change — these are all closely linked to the tectonic activity that endlessly churns away beneath our feet.

This new study, authored by a range of geophysicists and scientists from across the US, leverages data from the USArray — an array of hundreds of seismographs located throughout the US that are constantly listening to movements in the Earth’s mantle and core. After listening for a few years, and carrying out lots of complex calculations, the researchers believe that they’ve found a huge reserve of water that’s located in the transition zone between the upper and lower mantle — a region that occupies between 400 and 660 kilometers (250-410 miles) below our feet.
With all that said, there could be massive repercussions if this study’s findings are accurate. Even if the ringwoodite only contains around 2.6% water, the volume of the transition zone means this underground reservoir could contain enough water to re-fill our oceans three times over. I’m not saying that this gives us the perfect excuse to continue our abuse of Earth’s fresh water reserves, but it’s definitely something to mull over. This would also seem to discount the prevailing theory that our surface water arrived on Earth via a bunch of icy comets.

Litigation Attorney Says Weather Manipulation Causing California Drought « Chemtrails: The Exotic Weapon‏

Litigation Attorney Says Weather Manipulation Causing California Drought « Chemtrails: The Exotic Weapon . . .

California litigation attorney is suspicious that aerosol geoegineering and covert weather manipulation is responsible for California’s record drought.

Ellen Brown: 

“What makes me suspicious is this wall of weather that prevents the jet stream from pushing storms that usually come from the Pacific Ocean across California, Oregon and Washington State.  So, that’s been going on for 4 years, and nobody knows what causes it.  It is highly suspicious, and it may be caused by HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program).  That’s the military use of Tesla technology, or it could be caused by geoengineering, which is chemtrails.  A lot of people call this conspiracy theory, but if you look up in the skies, you can see them.  The skies are crisscrossed, and they are dropping aluminum and barium on the land.  California supplies the nation with 50% of their produce.  Most of the organic produce comes from California.  So, if you are putting aluminum on all the land, there is going to be no such thing as organic anymore.  All food and all crops are being poisoned by this aluminum.”

“New Ruralism” – a NEW TOWN Proposed in Central California: Quay Valley new 7,500 acre sustainable “green” town in Kings County, Central California

“New Ruralism” – a NEW TOWN Proposed in Central California:  Quay Valley new 7,500 acre sustainable “green” town  in Kings County, Central California . .  posted on
NOTE:  Smart Development is based upon falsified science of climate change.  Smart Cities are Attrition Warfare wherein in the enemy is contained, resources are managed, travel is controlled and the enemy is easily manipulated, controlled and subdued. . .
About GROW Holdings | GROW Holdings | Quay Valley

About GROW Holdings

GROW (Green Renewable Organic & Water) Holdings LLC is a Los Angeles-based company formed to develop green projects and technology, renewable energy, organic farming, and water resources, as well as plan and entitle Quay Valley, one of the world’s first “green” towns located on 7,500 acres in Central California.

About Quay Valley- New Ruralism in the Heart of the Central Valley

In the heart of the Golden State not far from the Pacific shores lies Quay Valley, a new, undiscovered California alternative in the Great Central Valley, and a modern frontier offering new values and ways of living.

Quay Valley will be a model town for the 21st century, a self-sustaining community that seamlessly melds the best qualities of new urbanism with the traditions of the San Joaquin Valley’s small rural towns – evolving into a concept that we call New Ruralism – while carefully preserving the natural surroundings of the area. The community will operate on 100% solar power as its energy source and set new standards in self-sufficient energy use, water conservation, resource reuse and environmental responsibility.

Our vision is an integrated stewardship process of conservation, protection, enhancement and regeneration that balances the social, technical, economic and environmental needs of the community.

The five main components of Quay Valley Ranch are:

  • A world class Sustainable Community run entirely on clean power and that will provide energy efficient homes for to up to 75,000 permanent residents in 25,000 dwellings, and become a global showcase for sustainable energy, conservation, pollution reduction and a higher quality of life.
  • A vibrant family oriented Entertainment Destination featuring exciting and unique retail outlets, themed resort hotels, museums, an action sports complex, a water park, gardens, a convention hotel and facilities, cafes, restaurants and other unique destination attractions.
  • A significant Business Infrastructure to create employment opportunities, including offices, business parks, a distribution hub, an industrial and transportation center, retail outlets, hotels, entertainment centers, tech hubs, manufacturing hubs, a research park, educational institutions and nature parks, golf courses, other commercial areas and public utility and public service infrastructure.
  • Sustainable Permanent Agriculture in California integrated into areas of wildlife and habitat management and for passive recreation.
  • An Embrace of the Environment that will feature recreational waterways, wooded areas, walkways, nature strolls and which will re-introduce habitat and species indigenous to the area.

Quay Valley will be the city of the future and one of the most modern, environmentally responsible communities in the world, destined to be a top place to see in California.

WATER WARFARE WAGES ON: Pitting the Rich Against the Not So Rich – Drought-Stricken California’s Wealthy Pay Up to Keep Lawns Lush – Bloomberg Politics‏

WATER WARFARE WAGES ON:  Pitting the Rich Against the Not So Rich – Drought-Stricken California’s Wealthy Pay Up to Keep Lawns Lush – Bloomberg Politics
Drought-Stricken California’s Wealthy Pay Up to Keep Lawns Lush – Bloomberg Politics . . .


Gardens stayed lush and lawns verdant as citizens paid tanker trucks to deliver thousands of gallons to homes in the seaside suburb of Santa Barbara. They drilled in back yards, driving the county’s tally of new wells to a record. Some simply paid fines for exceeding allocations, padding the water district’s budget by more than $2 million.

“People feel strongly about their landscaping and want to keep their homes beautiful,” said Patrick Nesbitt, who drilled a well to hydrate parts of his 70-acre estate but let his polo field go dry. “Why should anybody object?”

MIKE ADAMS EXPOSED: Energy-hungry desalination plants will turn all California residents into global warming sinners and destroyers of life –‏

MIKE ADAMS EXPOSED:  Energy-hungry desalination plants will turn all California residents into global warming sinners and destroyers of life –
Comment: Does Mike Adams believe in “fossil fuels” and global warming?  Well you read HIS article.
We know Peak Oil aka fossil fuel is false science – YouTube “Origins of Oil” petroleum does not come from dead dinosaurs.    Also, right now the controllers are creating the illusion of Peak Water – Water is a Renewable and is a natural process that is continuously created within the Earth.  Watch the YouTube – “Primary Water Explained” and “Water Crisis Hoax”  and go . . .
Meanwhile, Mike Adams seems to be limited hang-out!
MIKE ADAMS EXPOSED:  Energy-hungry desalination plants will turn all California residents into global warming sinners and destroyers of life – . . .

NaturalNews) The irony is inescapable: In reaction to the historic drought that has transformed the California dream into California dust, the state is now embarking on the construction of a wave of desalination plants that will turn ocean water into fresh water. Tragically, these power-hungry desalination plants will be running primarily on fossil fuel-generated electricity, meaning that California residents will have to commit global warming crimes (i.e. producing carbon dioxide) every time they flush their toilets or take a shower.

Fresh water, in other words, is about to have a “fossil fuel consumption equivalent” across the state. Every gallon of water consumed will have a calculable CO2 emission profile and mercury pollution factor, meaning that a person will not be able to live in California without being a global warming sinner.

California, of course, is the state that prides itself on being progressive and environmentally conscious. Yes its non-sustainable lifestyle consumed the region’s limited fossil water supplies to the point of near-collapse. Now, it must become America’s worst carbon dioxide producer just to provide basic water supplies to its people. And where will all the natural gas and coal come from that powers these desalination plants? The very same energy-producing states that Californians typically condemn for producing fossil fuels.

Flush a toilet and you destroy the planet

Most eco-conscious Californians are unaware that the energy they use comes predominantly from fossil fuels. (See source.) Natural gas — which produces carbon dioxide when burned — generates almost half the state’s electricity. Coal generates another eight percent or so, meaning that fossil fuels provide the majority of California’s electricity. (Renewables only provide about 18 percent, and nuclear provides another nine percent or so.)

What this means is that as more and more desalination plants come online, they’ll be using primarily fossil fuels to process water — an energy-intensive operation.

“A $1 billion desalination plant to supply booming San Diego County is under construction here and due to open as early as November, providing a major test of whether California cities will be able to resort to the ocean to solve their water woes,” reports the New York Times. “Plans are far along for a large plant in Huntington Beach that would supply water to populous Orange County. A mothballed plant in Santa Barbara may soon be reactivated. And more than a dozen communities along the California coast are studying the issue.”

As each of these plants comes online, they will add an extremely high energy cost to the water consumed by California residents. Every act that consumes water — washing your hands, watering a garden, flushing a toilet — will carry a heightened ecological cost. When water simply falls out of the sky, consuming that water is ecologically sound. But when water has to be procured using extremely energy-intensive desalination systems, it can no longer be considered a “green” resource.

“[Desalination plants] will use a huge amount of electricity, increasing the carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming, which further strains water supplies,” writes the New York Times, reiterating what the liberal media calls “concluded science” which claims modern-day global warming is almost entirely caused by human activity. If that’s the case, however, then Californians who consume water produced by desalination plants must categorize themselves as global warming sinners who are destroying the planet every time they drink a cup of water.

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