Timothy Quinn is with the Association of California Water Agencies, or ACWA. He says planned Central Valley water recycling projects and a water desalination project in San Diego are welcome, but he says conservation is equally important.
“It’s one thing to be efficient, to invest in local resources, but if you combine that, for example, with a storage strategy, you could really get a lot of leverage on that local resource investment,” says Quinn.
A study from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Pacific Institute says California’s water system was already overextended before the drought. The study suggests that more water efficiency, reuse and rainwater collection can help balance the state’s water supply with its needs.
The study also recommends a statewide program of education and incentives to encourage the transition to more efficient water fixtures and appliances.