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Should Water Be a Commodity or a Right?

Do Now | April 29, 2014 | 300 Comments

Should Water Be a Commodity or a Right?

Water is essential to our lives, but increased demands along with changes in weather and climate can put pressure on the availability of this resource. Should we consider water as a commodity, available to those who can pay for it, or as a right, freely available to everyone?

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A Visualization of How The Drought is Impacting California’s Reservoirs

What's New in News & Civics! | April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Visualization of How The Drought is Impacting California’s Reservoirs

California is home to a number of reservoirs and dams that provide water and power to surrounding cities and farms. However, as 2013 proved to be one of the driest years, the sources of water are not as plentiful as they have been in past years. KQED’s The Lowdown takes a closer look at how the drought impacted the level of water in reservoirs.

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Calculating Your Water Consumption

What's New in News & Civics! | February 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Calculating Your Water Consumption

How much water do you use on a daily basis? According to a 2011 study sponsored by California Department of Water Resources, an average single family in California consumes more than 360 gallons of water per day. However, 2013 turned out to be one of the driest years on record. In light of Governor Jerry Brown’s declaration of a statewide drought emergency, a better question is what will the 20 percent cut in water mean for the average Californian?

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