As drought drives prices higher, millions of Californians struggle to pay for water with the new reality of rising costs, and the state’s water-desperate residents face the daunting prospect of moving to more water-rich areas to find work and a better quality of life.
The drought is no longer over. It’s time for state leaders and legislators to get serious about dealing with the crisis:
State leaders must establish a statewide plan to deal with the growing crisis and implement new methods to cut costs and use less water
State and local leaders must consider and implement a comprehensive plan to better manage and protect groundwater and surface water sources.
State and local leaders have the power, the authority and the responsibility to act now.
For Californians, the new reality of higher water prices, higher water losses, higher water demand and a growing supply gap must be addressed. That’s why state leaders need to immediately begin planning for water-intensive urban areas and water-scarce rural communities.
State leaders and local officials have their work cut out for them with a growing water demand crisis.
The new crisis is a combination of drought and growing demand — a result of a combination of declining supply and increasing population.
The new water crisis will force millions of Californians to make tough decisions, whether to go to places to find work and a better quality of life or to take desperate measures and move to more water-rich areas to find work and a better quality of life.
Californians know that we all face choices this summer. And now California is in the middle of a crisis that is so complex — compounded by the drought and the fact that so many of the state’s communities have water — that it is crucial that we all pull together to address this crisis.
The crisis is so huge that it involves all sectors of the state, and it’s important that we work to find solutions together at every level.
But it’s also important that we take action at the local level.
For example, local leaders who are already facing a water crisis, often in less