An understanding of basic human water needs is key to ensuring fair and sustainable water supply. But how much water does a person need? This seemingly simple question depends on many variables. Defining basic water requirements in relation to four basic human needs, this article seeks to define a minimum basic requirement for water.
The IG 2.0 could take a variety of forms, from merely tweaking the numbers (e.g., elevation tiers, shortage levels, etc.) in the existing reservoir operations framework to more fundamental (and controversial) changes in how water (and risk) is allocated and managed. What ideas have merit?
There is broad recognition that adapting to climate change, coupled with the need to address aging infrastructure, population growth, and degraded ecosystems, will require rethinking programs and policies and investing in our natural and built water systems.
While California recognized the Human Right to Water in 2012, many communities still lack access to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water. In order to address this complex challenge, lawmakers and regulators need a shared understanding of current access and ongoing obstacles.
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