Irrigation check. Photo provided by Shawn Novack.

Environment / Nature

Water Resources Association provides irrigation and landscaping tips

Conservation Program Manager Shawn Novack writes about drought tolerant plants and water efficiency.

Photo courtesy of Shawn Novack.

Environment / Nature

Water Resources Association raises concerns about water levels

With precipitation at 55% of normal this rainy season, the community should prepare for this year to be dry.

Smaller turf areas with drought tolerant planst and rotating, low-volume sprinkler.

Housing / Land Use

May is Water Awareness Month

May is Water Awareness Month since it starts our local irrigation season. Fifty percent of residential water use is dedicated to landscapes.

San Luis Reservoir in 2015

Housing / Land Use

California Drought Response and Continued Need to Conserve Water

Many Water Projects are slated for California, but Water Conservation Needs to be a Way of Life



Recycled water adds to local supply

Better quality water produces high quality wastewater for recycled water effort; adds to local water supply

Congressman Jimmy Panetta


Business Council to host San Benito County Water Forum

April 21 water forum to feature national, state, regional and local experts to inform farmers, businesses, leaders, staff and community on the state of local water

Early pamphlet about San Benito County water.


The future of water in San Benito County

Water supply is a key factor in the the county's future. Community involvement will help ensure that San Benito County residents will continue to have a safe and sufficient water supply

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Business / Economy

Water’s important role in the county’s history

Since early settlement and food production in San Benito County, efforts have been made to achieve a balanced and sustainable groundwater basin



Recent rain helps drought, but conservation is still key

Water Conservation Manager Shawn Novack said the county is above the rainfall pace for an average year, but local groundwater basins may need years to recharge

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‘Going Green’ discusses local water situation

Latest installment of interview show features the managers of local water supplies discussing the drought and progress of the Hollister Water Project

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Government / Politics

Water restrictions ease, but drought lingers

Although projected local water supplies are healthy enough to meet water demand over the next three years, the local agencies feel compelled to maintain water conservation targets

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Water conservation regulations shift to reflect local conditions

Local water officials meet and decide to suggest a 15 percent reduction in residential water usage compared to 2013



Where’s All the Rain?

The drought is NOT over

Kristina Chavez Wyatt, executive director of the business council, kicked off the water forum.


Forum Explains Water Situation in San Benito County

San Benito County Water Information Forum outlines present water situation and future plans

A drought-tolerant replacement for water hungry lawn.

Business / Economy

Turf removal rebate program keeps growing

State Department of Water Resources offering $24 million in rebates to replace lawns. Local company reports business is brisk.