Where does your water come from? And why should you care? After all, the Har-Bowl is nearly upon us, and the Oscars are not far behind. What information about California water could be more interesting than these compelling February diversions? Click here and find out; you’ll learn from this new NRDC web page where your water comes from, what issues may be facing your water supply, and whether your water agency is planning thoughtfully for the future.
Knowing where your water comes from matters because we all want to ensure that clean and safe water flows from our tap when we turn it on. The source of that tapwater determines, in large part, how safe and secure your supply is, now and in the future. In most regions of California, we have hit hard and fast limits on the amount of water that we can reliably draw from our traditional water sources, including most of the state’s rivers, the Colorado River, and many groundwater basins. There are alternatives to these traditional sources that can provide the State with a stable and sufficient water supply for a growing population and economy. But tapping into these alternative water supplies -- such as recycled water, more efficient water use, stormwater capture and reuse, and better groundwater management -- requires planning. Is your water agency looking ahead and investing in these 21st century solutions?
Here’s an interesting map illustrating, in broad strokes, that much of the state currently relies on sources of imported water, taken from a report released earlier this month by California’s Legislative Analyst.
There are effective, affordable solutions to the threats to the Bay-Delta highlighted by the Governor, as well as other risks facing California’s water supplies, but policymakers need to hear from you to find the path to the best solution. The more informed Californians are about water issues, the more they will support thoughtful solutions. That’s why NRDC developed this new tool. So find out where your water supply comes from, and tell Governor Brown and others to invest in the solutions that strengthen our water supply and preserve California’s salmon fishery, and the health of our rivers and streams for decades to come.