California's Water Crisis
California's Water Woes
California has a crumbling water infrastructure built four decades ago for 18 million people and the state's population is expected to more than double that number in the next decade.
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Rebuilding California's Water Future
California's water problems are complex and deserve a comprehensive solution. Key elements of a comprehensive solution are:
- Effective water management by reserving surplus water in wet years to survive dry years.
- Responsible environmental protections that do not devastate the economy.
- Conserving resources by making every drop count.
Effective water management
The state must invest in the state's aging water infrastructure to build new facilities and expand existing sites. Adequate water storage will ensure excess water from wet years is available to use in dry years. Other tools to improve water management include better conveyance, drought relief projects and groundwater cleanup, particularly in disadvantaged communities and other economically distressed areas.
Responsible environmental protections
California must invest to preserve the Delta and other fragile ecosystems - including restoration projects for rivers, the ocean and fish barriers. Another added benefit is that restoring the Delta will improve conveyance.
Conserving resources by making every drop count
While increasing storage will help reduce shortages in the future, the state can build water supply in the short term through water conservation and water-use efficiency programs.
In November 2009, lawmakers approved on a bipartisan basis the "Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act," a bond measure that invests $11 billion in California's water system. Voters are expected to decide on that measure in November 2014.
Click below to read more detailed background information from the California Department of Water Resources on the water bond.