Where Water Quality Work Meets Water Supply
Water scarcity is particularly severe in Southern California, which receives only about one-third of the state’s precipitation but accounts for about two-thirds of the state’s water consumption. While the region has historically relied on water imported from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Colorado River to meet its needs, these sources are over-tapped. With California’s population growing, changes in climate patterns, and oversubscribed aquifer and river systems, cities like Los Angeles are pressed to find new sources of water.
Our Advocacy program is involved in several efforts to develop and implement an integrated regional water plan that addresses LA’s water pollution problems and water supply issues. We urge state and local agencies to prioritize conservation and water reuse and recycling before options like water imports and desalination. We are also working hard to work with cities and L.A. County to develop regional water management plans that use stormwater as a resource for augmenting local groundwater aquifers.
We spearhead these efforts to develop a vision to ensure we make smart decisions for our current water supply goals while establishing criteria for evaluating future water supply projects and programs. This vision is necessary to solve the water supply crisis as a comprehensive system, not on a piecemeal basis. Our organization represents this thinking at the regional level as a stakeholder in the Coalition for Our Water Future, a county-wide initiative focused on funding and implementing regional water quality efforts that also address water supply shortages. Our goal is to secure long-term water supply reliability within California by recognizing the inter-connectivity of water supplies and the environment, and then pursuing projects yielding multiple benefits for water supplies, water quality and natural resources.
Find out how you can do your part to reduce water use here.