Surprisingly, a story by the Sacramento Bee that begins to address the water issue with surface storage as a major component; well-done and about time.
As California weathers a third year of drought, debates have intensified over how to balance competing water needs: urban vs. rural; people vs. fish; north state vs. south. Against that backdrop, The Sacramento Bee spoke with a local water expert about what the drought means for the Sacramento metro area and how the region should adapt and respond.
John Woodling is executive director of the Sacramento Regional Water Authority, a joint powers agency that represents 25 water providers in Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties. Its primary mission is to serve regional supply interests and assist members with protecting and enhancing the reliability, availability, affordability and quality of water resources.
Are water shortages going to become more common in the Sacramento region?
Water shortages do not have to be our future – not if we make the right decisions and implement them. As a foundation, we need to continue to use water more efficiently. Over the long term, and especially in response to the drought, Sacramento-area water users are significantly reducing their water use. But conservation alone can’t ensure reliable water supplies.
Preventing future water shortages will require a three-pronged approach that includes:
• Local and regional investment in the infrastructure needed to store, move and treat water, including new surface and groundwater storage, expanded recycled water production and use, and improved distribution systems.
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