Recycled Water is a Source of Water

  • Posted on 6 March 2023
  • By Caty Wagner, Sierra Club CA
Sierra Club California staff recently attended tours of both the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility (ECL) and the WRD Albert Robles Center for Water Recycling and Environmental Learning (ARC) to have a better understanding of water recycling, water replenishment and the interconnectedness of water systems in Southern California.

Should We Legislate or Ban Water Futures? A Closer Look.

  • Posted on 7 March 2022
  • By Bill Martin - Co-Chair, Sierra Club California Water Committee
About a year ago, I reported on a new water futures market on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The market is based on an index, which is based on the sales  transactions of actual water in CA, including statewide and in 5 sub-basins in the  Southern CA area. The index price is reset weekly, and that reset influences the prices of the water futures. No actual water changes hands; these futures contracts are settled only in dollars.  

Water Conservation Tips

  • Posted on 7 March 2022
  • By Sidney M Pitcher
As you may know, it’s becoming more important for everyone to try hard to conserve water due to the increased frequency of dangerous droughts brought on by climate change. Here are some important water conservation tips individuals, including cities can implement on a daily basis.
Rainwater and greywater harvesting

Action of the Month - March

  • Posted on 7 March 2022
  • By Everette Phillips, Communications Chair

Register for AddUp and Register to show support for the "No to Poseidon Desalination Plant!"

South Orange County’s Water Woes - Residents Weep!

  • Posted on 2 March 2022
  • By Penny Elia, Sierra Club member
Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge
While the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner tells of the misfortunes of a seaman and suggests that despite being surrounded by something, you cannot benefit from it, the tale of ocean desalination suggests the same.  The South Coast Water District’s proposed Doheny Ocean Desalination Plant in South Orange County is an excellent example of this conundrum.

Permits First

  • Posted on 3 May 2021
  • By Randy Kokal
You need a hunting license before you go hunting, a marriage license before you get married and the Poseidon desalination project needs to get their permits before they are allowed to operate.
Poseidon has asserted (with no evidence) that building a state of the art plant to minimize damage they will do to the sea life and the ocean is too expensive. Without any proof, they claim that slant wells, infiltration galleries, subsurface intakes, and removing the salt from their discharge, are too expensive.

West Basin and the Angeles Chapter

  • Posted on 30 April 2021
  • By Scott Houston
World Water Day may annually be recognized on March 22, but we must honor and respect water every day as we confront climate change in order to ensure we have adequate supplies of safe, affordable water to meet our needs.
The management and governance of water is complicated, particularly in California.  Do you know where your water comes from?  It can be confusing.  You may pay your bill to one agency, city, or water company when, in reality, there might be multiple partners involved that provide clean drinking water to your tap.