Water is California’s most precious and natural resource. How we manage it today will affect nearly every aspect of our future.
When our state enjoys a year of abundant rain and our reservoirs are full, it is easy to think that our water supply is endless. But after three consecutive dry years, California is now experiencing a serious drought. We simply cannot afford to waste any water.
- Even in normal years, some areas of the state find it difficult to meet all demands for water. Water deliveries from some key water projects have been permanently reduced due to environmental concerns, while other systems struggle with aging infrastructure and other challenges.
- Our state’s population continues to grow, with 60 million Californians expected by 2050. That means more people, farms and businesses will rely on our rivers, reservoirs and groundwater basins for their daily needs.
- Climate change already is affecting California’s water resources. Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada – the source of much of our runoff and our largest “natural” reservoir – could shrink by as much as 25% by 2050. Experts say the changing rain and snowfall patterns will result in longer periods of drought.
* Tour the California Urban Water Conservation Council’s interactive H2ouse to learn more ways to save water indoors and outdoors!