California's Drought


California is in the middle of a drought; and it could start drying up your wallets as well.

After the latest and rather dismal snow survey California Governor Jerry Brown issued a mandatory water cutback of 25% statewide. However the decision of how to actually bring about that kind of decrease is being left up to the individual water districts.

Some of the ideas discussed include charging people who use more water higher rates and issuing sanctions against people who do not conserve. Another thought is to use tiered billing depending on how much water is being used; and idea that is already in effect in Los Angeles. Water districts themselves could also face sanctions if they are unable to convince people to cut back; an idea designed to hold everyone responsible.  read more »

Water Witches


California farmers are hoping to dry up drought concerns; by turning to dark magic.

Thanks to the dry winter months the state of California has officially declared a drought emergency. Mandatory and voluntary water restrictions are in place and farmers in the central valley are looking for ways to irrigate crops.

The latest attempt at taping into the precious resource is by hiring dowsers or water witches to help locate what Mother Nature won't provide. These so called witches use copper sticks or wooden rods that resemble large wishbones. Then they walk around and use natural energy to find water or minerals hidden deep underground.  read more »

High Price Water


You’re advised to drink at least eight glasses of water a day; and at one New York restaurant the habit will cost you.

The water only café Molecule recently opened in Manhattan’s east village; and it’s drawing a lot of criticism from the city folk. Not because of its limited menu but because each 16 ounce glass of water costs $2.50. But it’s not just regular tap water you’re shelling out for. It has been treated by the café’s custom built $25,000 water purifier.

And if quenching your thirst wasn’t enough consider the extras. Customers can also have a shot of vitamins A, B, C, D and E or a mixture of roots, herbs and fruit added to the water. Called blasts they can give you energy, boost your immune system or improve your hair, skin and nails.  read more »

Overpriced Water


An Australian chef is going green; with some expensive tap water.

Mark best owns a restaurant in Sydney. Recently he decided that he would do away with boutique bottled water because the bottles do nothing but clog up landfills. So he invested in a $6,000 Italian made water filter. The system even chills and carbonates the water and is the first of its kind in the entire country.  read more »