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The City of Santa Paula, California banned the use of salt-based water softening systems, but estimates up to 1,200 households still use such systems, which release environmentally-damaging chloride salts into wastewater. Under a new initiative introduced in June of 2015, residents still using salt-based softeners can take part in a buy-back program offering up to […]


It’s common knowledge that eating meals at home with your family is significantly cheaper than eating out. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average American family spends nearly twice as much per meal outside the home as opposed to those cooked in the kitchen. That said, creating a routine of eating together in […]

going green in the brewing industry

During the most crippling drought California has faced in over a century, opening a brewery may not seem like an environmentally or economically sound decision. Dry River Brewery, currently opening in the historic Arts District near downtown Los Angeles, seeks to challenge this assumption by striving to become the greenest brewery in all of California. […]


According to the Sacramento’s ABC10 investigative news team, the city knowingly tested a new water treatment chemical for a year despite early indications the new treatment produced carcinogenic byproducts. The chemical test began in 2013, and revolved around the water treatment chemical aluminum chlorohydrate, or ACH. ACH was considered a more cost-effective treatment than the […]

On November 8, 2015, the City of Boca Raton Utility Services Department announced a two-week modified disinfection process was in effect. The more aggressive treatment provides additional protection against bacteria, but means drinking water will contain chlorine residue instead of the relatively weaker chloramine residue. The process will continue until Sunday, November 22, 2015. What […]