The Orion

Chico tightens water usage, runoff

Chico is working with the California Water Service Co. to cut back on runoff water from residential lawns and cement areas. Infograph by Monica Fitch

Robert Engels

September 9, 2014

Chico is working with the California Water Service Co. to reduce the amount of drainage water. This year, the State Water Resources Control Board approved emergency regulations to cut back on water usage. The most prominent issue in the Water Regulation and Rationing Plan is the attempt to lower the amo...

Drought depletes dam energy production

Jana Frazier, an Oroville Dam tour guide, explains how the hydroelectric turbines work.Photo credit: Chelsea Jeffers

Yessenia Funes

March 1, 2014

The ongoing drought has kept Lake Oroville nearly 20 percent below its average capacity for this time, according to the Department of Water Resources' website, causing its power plant to produce only half the electricity it should be. People don't use much power during the winter, so this ener...

City faces sewer strife

The City Council met at its Tuesday meeting to 
is facing potential litigation related to properties outside of city limits being connected to the sewer system without authorization.Photo credit: Bill Hall

Bill Hall

January 22, 2014

Chico is facing potential litigation related to properties outside of city limits being connected to the sewer system without authorization. The Butte Local Agency Formation Commission oversees boundary changes to cities and local districts. In a letter to the city manager, the commission said that 62 properties were illegally con...

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