California Can Expand Its Water Supply and Reduce Demand

Sacramento Bee Op-Ed Points to Solutions for 11 Million to 14 Million Acre-feet of Water Annually

Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick and Kate Poole, senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Water Program, co-authored an op-ed in The Sacramento Bee marking the release of  the joint issue brief, The Untapped Potential of California’s Water SupplyThis work is a first-of-its-kind statewide analysis examining the significant potential contributions achievable from a combination of improved efficiency in agricultural and urban water use, water reuse and recycling, and increased capturing of local rainwater:
 
June 10, 2014 – Special to The Sacramento Bee: California Can Expand Its Water Supply and Reduce Demand

California has reached “peak water.” We’ve far exceeded the limits of our renewable and sustainable supply. The current severe drought has highlighted these limits and shown us the stark reality of a water system in need of new thinking, new strategies, and new answers.

New research, however, shows that we can expand California’s water system by a staggering 11 million to 14 million acre-feet of water annually – more water than is used today by all the cities in the state combined. That’s enough water to revive the collapsing Delta ecosystem, bring our groundwater into balance and satisfy the needs of our agricultural communities, growing population and economy…   (Read the full op-ed here.)