California Water 2020: A Sustainable Vision

Published: May 1995

Authors: Peter Gleick, Santos Gomez, Penn Loh, and Jason Morrison

Pages: 113



Every day, California wastes water in each sector of the the state’s economy. Steps must be taken to ensure there is enough water for people, businesses, agriculture, and the environment to thrive now and in the future. Although published in 1995, this report’s overall conclusion — that California water use is unsustainable and requires a new approach — is as true today as it was the day the report was published. The report presents a unique vision of a truly sustainable water future for California and lays out detailed steps to reach this vision, including expanding the use of water-efficient technologies and practices and ending the non-renewable use of groundwater in California.