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Fresno Cracking Down

Brown lawn

“How many times are you watering your lawn per day?” This is a question that residents of Fresno, California have been asking each other pretty often recently. Actually, not only are they asking this, but they’ve been reporting each other for over-watering. Although this may sound a bit harsh, the reality of the California drought is that people are going to have to start cracking down even harder than they have been. And it’s working for Fresno- their water consumption is down 33% after one month.

Yard

But this kind of change doesn’t come easily. Wells, a water conservation team in Fresno, has issued a little under half of all 838 penalty citations to residents who have been over-watering. The LA Times reports that, “things got serious for Fresno last summer after the city’s groundwater dropped four feet and its allocations of imported, stored water dipped from 50% from one reservoir and all the way to zero from the other.”

brown grass

So, beginning last August, residents were only allowed to water their lawns twice per day. Even in 106-degree weather, Fresno residents try to stay true to this regulation and report those who don’t. The city’s Public Utilities Director, Thomas Esqueda, is proud of the 515,000 residents of Fresno. He says that even most of the few thousand residents that were watering their lawns every day have cut back to only a couple of times a week.

Lawn appearance

Even with all of this exciting news about Fresno, Californian counties in general still have a long way to go. 97 California districts still have zero water regulations in place. Los Angeles and Long Beach have both only issued less than 10 citations. And some cities have issued none.

Sexy grass

The new mantra of Fresno, “Don’t frown on brown” needs to be more widely circulated throughout California. Awareness on drought issues and education on water usage need to be widespread. Where do we start? Well, some of us need to set our sprinklers to twice a week. Some of us need to take shorter showers. Others need to simply turn off the faucet when brushing their teeth. All of these things are helpful for using less water. We just need to take action and actually choose to do them.

Source:

“As Its Water Dwindled, Fresno Cracked Down Hard”. LA Times. 6/22/15. http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-fresno-water-penalties-20150622-story.html#page=1

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Iowa company penalized for wastewater discharge

Times Des Moines Bureau | Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 11:15 am |

DES MOINES — A Blairsburg company has been ordered to pay a $30,000 penalty after it discharged wastewater from storm-water retention basins last year at its Eddyville solid-waste composting facility.
Wapello County District Judge Myron L. Gookin also enjoined Chamness Technology Inc. from committing future violations.
Monday’s court order resolves a lawsuit filed by Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.
Chamness Technology Inc. owns and operates the solid-waste composting facility near Eddyville. The facility includes a 16-acre asphalt pad for processing and active composting of materials, including food processing byproducts, pre- and post-consumer food scraps, outdated biodegradable agricultural products, industrial bio-solids and bio-technology byproducts, nonrecyclable paper and cardboard, manure and food processing waste. The facility includes three stormwater retention basins with a total capacity of 8.1 million gallons.
Chamness’ solid-waste composting permit prohibits the discharge of water from the retention basins.
In 2008, the state Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, issued an administrative order against Chamness, in part because of illegal discharges from its retention basins. Two years later, DNR officials issued a second administrative order against Chamness, again in part because of illegal discharges from the retention basins.
Both orders required Chamness to prevent discharges from the retention basins, according to the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. The 2010 order required Chamness to maintain at least two feet of freeboard (the difference in elevation between the liquid level and the basin overflow level) at all times in each of the retention basins and enter into an agreement with a wastewater treatment facility to accept large volumes of wastewater in the event the basins are full and land application is not possible.
In June and July 2010, additional discharges from the retention basins occurred, which were the subject of Miller’s lawsuit.
Chamness officials admitted the discharges from the retention basins occurred, but said the basin overflows were unintentional and occurred in connection with significant, unanticipated rainfall events. Company officials further stated that it now co-owns 422 additional acres of land in Monroe and Wapello counties that are available for land application of water from the retention basins.
The consent decree approved Tuesday resolves all violations alleged in the petition, but it expressly does not resolve the alleged release of retention pond wastewater from an irrigation hose at the facility occurring on or about Nov. 1, 2010. DNR officials referred that matter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a news release issued by the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

Read more: http://qctimes.com/business/iowa-company-penalized-for-wastewater-discharge/article_86aa837c-0a2d-11e1-98d0-001cc4c002e0.html#ixzz1dKSwoiEU

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