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  • California drought: Farms vs. cities

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports California Governor Jerry Brown has ordered to cut water consumption by 25 percent, but it will be up to local water agencies to figure out how to make that happen.

  • Santa Barbara's drought plan: Tap the Pacific Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 12:07 PM ET
    Santa Barbara, California

    Faced with California’s worsening drought and shrinking local water supplies, Santa Barbara is looking to the sea for salvation.

  • Santa Barbara wants to tap Pacific for drinking water

    Santa Barbara Water Resources Manager Joshua Haggmark talks about why the city wants to tap the Pacific for drinking water.

  • 'Dry wine': The plight of California grape growers Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 3:32 PM ET
    A winery's vineyard irrigation system provides moisture to grapevines on March 17, 2015, near Los Alamos, California.

    A tipping point may be coming. A crowded marketplace was already pressuring winemakers to cut prices. Now, the drought is pushing up costs.

  • California imposes mandatory water restrictions Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 2:51 PM ET
    Men walk past a bench with a sign telling people to only water their lawns three times a week, March 24, 2015, in Los Angeles.

    Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order slashing water use by 25 percent to deal with a drought that just won't quit. NBC News reports.

  • CA orders mandatory water reductions   Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 2:18 PM ET
    CA orders mandatory water reductions

    CNBC's Sue Herera reports on the 25 percent water reduction order for water usage made by Gov. Jerry Brown in California.

  • California farmers: Selling water makes more money Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 10:32 AM ET
    Irrigation water runs along a dried-up ditch between the rice farms to provide water for the rice fields in Richvale, Calif.

    In drought-stricken California, farmers make more selling water than rice. NBC News reports.

  • Glaucus Research has a 'sell' call on Ozner Water

    Soren Aandahl, director of Research at Glaucus Research Group, attributes the firm's "strong sell" rating to Ozner Water's "convoluted corporate history and financial metrics."

  • BRASILIA/ SAO PAULO, Feb 3- A severe drought is accelerating Brazil's expected descent into recession, adding to President Dilma Rousseff's woes as she takes unpopular austerity measures and faces economic fallout from a corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras. The minister, who asked not to be named, said water rationing looks inevitable in the...

  • Cash for grass changes landscape in Calif. drought Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 10:35 AM ET
    Drought resistant garden.

    A rebate for property owners to switch lawns in drought-ridden California is gaining traction. But it's a mixed bag for landscapers.

  • Investing in the water biz   Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 6:43 AM ET
    Investing in the water biz

    Susan Story, American Water Works CEO, provides insight to a miss on quarterly revenues, and what the outcome of the midterm elections means for the water community.

  • Businesses fear water scarcity risks: Survey Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    The dried cracked bed of the Qaraoun artificial lake is seen in West Bekaa, Lebanon, Sept. 19, 2014.

    Businesses say their growth plans could be seriously threatened by a lack of water availability. And the the threat could become real within a year.

  • Despite water bond, Calif drought relief elusive Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 11:53 AM ET
    Dry cracked earth is visible on the banks of Shasta Lake at Bailey Cove in Lakehead, Calif.

    A bond measure to fund water projects in California easily passed Tuesday. But what might not be so easy is getting relief from the state's drought.

  • LONDON, Nov 4- UBS lost a multi-million dollar court battle on Tuesday against Germany's Leipzig water authority KWL over complex derivatives, although the judge said neither side had emerged from the saga with credit. UBS and two other banks claimed that KWL owed them roughly 350 million euros after complex derivatives contracts went sour in the wake of the...

  • Meet the water cops   Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:43 PM ET
    Meet the water cops

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports who the water cops are in California amid the terrible drought, and what the violations are.

  • Industry most impacted by drought   Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:46 PM ET
    Industry most impacted by drought

    A look at the most unlikely industry being affected by a drought, with CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Matt Damon's clean water quest   Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 8:56 AM ET
    Matt Damon's clean water quest

    Actor Matt Damon, and Gary White, Water.org co-founder, discuss corporate partners helping provide people with loans to pay for clean water solutions.

  • Clean water awareness   Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 8:50 AM ET
    Clean water awareness

    Gary White, Water.org co-founder, discusses the global effort to provide safe water internationally and offer micro loans for poor people to buy toilets.

  • CEO focuses on global sanitation crisis   Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 6:38 AM ET
    CEO focuses on global sanitation crisis

    Jay Gould, American Standard Brands CEO, discusses his company pledge to provide safe sanitation to help improve the quality of life around the world.

  • California's water rules: Easing or aiding drought? Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 7:56 AM ET
    A digital traffic sign informs travelers southbound on Interstate Highway 5 to conserve water, as they pass through Del Mar, Calif.

    California has finally adapted new regulations when it comes to groundwater usage. But some experts say they will have no effect on the drought.