Massive droughts like the one currently oppressing California are natural events, but curbing inefficient use of water can mitigate their effects, a new report says.
The report, from the Pacific Institute and the National Resources Defense Council (via Grist), covered the water-use practices of California’s farms and and cities, and statewide water recycling and storm water capture projects.
Researchers found potential improvements that could provide 10.8 million to 13.7 million acre-feet of additional fresh water per year – more than is used by all California cities in a year.
Among the improvements advocated by the report’s authors are widespread adoption of modern irrigation technologies, reducing leaks and replacing inefficient household appliances, and expanding water recycling and storm water capture.
“The good news is that solutions to our water problem exist,” the report says, “They are being implemented to varying degrees around the state with good results, but a lot more can be done.”