While conservation is the most immediate action we can take to sustain our state through the current and worsening water supply crisis, local water suppliers throughout California must take a comprehensive, long-term approach to adapt to our new and evolving climate reality. Ensuring we have the right water infrastructure in place is key.
When California did receive snow and rain in recent years, we simply did not have enough of the necessary infrastructure in place to capture, move and store all the available water supplies. If the state had been able to capture and store more water during wetter months, our supply outlook would be less dire today.
Climate extremes are as much of an opportunity as they are a challenge for water managers. If we can build and expand the right water infrastructure projects, we can maintain reliable, safe water supplies for future generations.