Health, Science, Environment

12:00am

Wed March 18, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Your Call: How can we sustainably manage groundwater?

What do you want to know about California’s new groundwater law? On the next Your Call, we’ll continue our weeklong series on California’s water crisis by talking about the state’s first-ever rules for pumping groundwater in California. Nearly 40 percent of California’s water comes from underground sources. About 30 million Californians rely on groundwater for their drinking water. But areas are being pumped faster than they are being replenished. How is groundwater managed now? And what changes should we expect? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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10:30pm

Mon March 16, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Your Call: What’s the state of California’s water infrastructure?

On the March 17th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue with our weeklong series on California’s water crisis by talking about the state’s water infrastructure. An extensive system of levees, aqueducts and pipes supply water to 25 million Californians and three million acres of farmland. With the state entering its fourth year of a severe drought, what needs to change in order to adapt to a much drier future? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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10:40pm

Sun March 15, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

Your Call: How bad is California’s drought?

On the March 16th edition of Your Call, we’ll kick off a weeklong series on California’s water crisis. January was the driest month in the state since record keeping began in 1895 and February was the hottest. The fact is, it’s just not raining. As a result, California has just one year of water reserves, wells are running dry, and the Sierra snowpack is far below normal. What explains this? How are state officials dealing with the drought? And what’s the responsibility of citizens? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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5:50pm

Thu March 12, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

The lifecycle of toilet water at the PUC

The plants outside the PUC
Hana Baba

You may have walked by the beautiful green plants growing outside the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on Polk Street and not thought much about them. But these plants get their nourishment from our waste.

Along the outer perimeter of the building, there are rectangular planters that are irrigated by reused waste water, or ‘black water’. Black water includes toilet water, urinal water, bathroom and sink water.

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5:45pm

Thu March 12, 2015
Health, Science, Environment

What's it going to take to get out of the drought?

Lake Shasta, California's largest reservoir.
Under CC license from Flickr user Janet Ciucci

California is entering its fourth year of drought – and it’s really starting to show in some of the state’s most vital water resources. The Central Valley Project, which supplies water for about a third of California’s farmland, recently announced it had no water to give. That means those farmers will have to seek water elsewhere or let fields go fallow. About six percent of available farmland went unplanted last year due to the drought, resulting in more than $1 billion in lost revenue. The dire situation has left farmers and regular folks alike wondering when’s it going to end.

KALW’s Audrey Dilling has been looking into how much water it would take to get us out of this drought. She joined KALW’s Hana Baba in studio to talk about what she learned.

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