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September 2009
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San Luis Obispo North County Aquifers - Overdraft is forseeable (within 5yrs)
Monday, September 21, 2009 - 8:30 PM
Timely article in New Times
"Traditionally, local groundwater users have kept information about their pumping rates close to the chest. Under California law, landowners have a right to unlimited use of the underlying water, without any monitoring requirements or other government intervention. That makes the area vulnerable to a “Tragedy of the Commons” situation, where what belongs to all is cared for by none."
"In the rural residential areas east of Paso Robles, however, no one knows if
Testing your own water - links to assist you
Monday, September 21, 2009 - 12:07 PM
Want to know just how your water is doing? Here's a good King County link for do-it-yourselfers..

How to take bacteriological samples from your small water system

http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/ehs/water/sample.aspx

The site doesn't say, but I understand a bacteriological sampling kit and analysis costs $15.

SEEDS Conference held on Vashon Island September 11, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009 - 12:01 PM
The second annual SEEDS (Social Ecology Education and Demonstration School) workshop was a great event attended by islanders and off-islanders from across the country.

http://www.socialecologyvashon.org/

For a copy of the powerpoint presentation by Jenny Ferguson 'Water and our homes - a way forward' please click on file download button on home page toolbar.
California makes it easier to install greywater systems
Monday, September 21, 2009 - 11:50 AM
Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 8:18 PM
 Effective August 4, 2009, a significant relaxation of formal permitting processes for the installation of greywater systems in California has been enacted.  These emergency measures were brought in at state level in recognition of the intense pressure on water systems.  This is a significant step forward in recognizing and dealing with the difficulties we face.  Read the full text of the amendments here.