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Taps Run Dry in Socialist Venezuela as Blackout Chokes Water Supply

Venezuelans are now experiencing chronic shortages of water as regular blackouts and prolonged power outages continue to choke the country’s basic ability to function, raising further fears about the severity of the country’s deepening humanitarian crisis. 

Venezuela calls public sector back to work as blackout recedes

Gavin Newsom Cuts Jerry Brown’s Twin Tunnels to One

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday in his first “State of the State” address that he would be cutting the California WaterFix, also known as the “Twin Tunnels,” from one tunnel to two.

Gavin Newsom and Jerry Brown (Kevork Djansezian / Getty)

California’s Gavin Newsom Proposes Tax on Drinking Water in First Budget

California Governor Gavin Newsom proposed his first budget for the state on Friday, and it includes a tax on drinking water. The budget, titled “California for All,” declares drinking water a “fundamental right,” and adds: “The Budget includes short-term measures

Gavin Newsom smirk (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

Jerry Brown’s ‘Twin Tunnels’ Project on Hold

Outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown will not be in office to see his “twin tunnels” project completed — if it is ever begun at all — after the state’s Department of Water Resources withdrew a key certification last Friday.

Jerry Brown climate summit (John Moore / Getty)

California State, Federal Leaders Strike Bipartisan Water Deal

Outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown has reached a deal with U.S. House Republican leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to extend the 2016 Water Infrastructure for Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, which would provide more water to farmers and fund water storage in the state, to 2021.

San Luis Reservoir (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

State Board Votes for One-Month Delay in Bay-Delta Plan

The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) voted Wednesday to delay the adoption of the controversial new Bay-Delta plan after most of the stakeholders asked for more time to negotiate agreements on water use.

Bay-Delta Plan water protest (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

California Republicans Cheer Donald Trump’s Water Memo

President Donald Trump signed a new memorandum Friday to provide more water to California’s farmers, lifting spirits in the Central Valley — and potentially lifting the fortunes of embattled Republican congressmen.

Trump water memo (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

California to Fund Construction of First Reservoir in Four Decades

The California Water Commission was awarded $816 million of Proposition 1 money to begin building the $5.2 billion Sites Reservoir — the state’s first big reservoir since the 1970s. The $7.5 billion Proposition 1: Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement

Whiskeytown Lake (Ken Lund / Flickr / CC)

‘We Want Water’: Renewed Water Protests Sweep Iran

Renewed water protests continued in Iran on Sunday ahead of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, on Sunday, with calls for authorities to address the water issues and chants to replace the current government.

Iran protests in Borazjan, July 2018