With California's primary water supplies located far from major population centers, it's easy to see why the state has become so advanced in the transport, conservation, treatment and management of its precious water resources. Without this leadership, California would not have been able to supply its population with sufficient water, and would not have enjoyed the economic success that gives it a larger Gross State Product than all but nine nations' Gross National Product.
California’s water leadership has made it possible for many of its major cities to use no more water today than they did in 1990, even though their populations have significantly grown. This nearly miraculous feat has been accomplished not by the damming of rivers and the building of canals, but largely through advancements in conservation technology, the recycling and reuse of wastewater, public awareness of the need for conservation, and careful management of our surface and groundwater resources.
"Nearly miraculous" may not be enough, however. Most experts agree that even with California’s excellent management of water, it will be a great challenge to continue to reliably meet the state’s growing demand for water. Here’s why:
That’s why so many Californians believe that every potential water resource needs to be considered, and it’s why CalDesal believes that the conversion of ocean water and brackish groundwater to fresh drinking water through desalination will be one important element among many that together will provide for California’s sustainable, reliable water future.