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Briefing: The Untapped Potential of California's Urban Water Supply
In the face of severe drought, California and other drought-prone regions must abandon 20th century water approaches overly reliant on unsustainable surface water and groundwater withdrawals. They must transition to more sustainable and resilient 21st century approaches better suited to a changing climate.

During this briefing, Pacific Institute researchers will highlight results from a new analysis quantifying dramatic opportunities to reduce the gap between water supply and use through innovative, cost-effective, and technologically feasible strategies. The new assessment outlines the potential in urbanized parts of California to use water more efficiently and expand local water supplies through water reuse and stormwater capture. Expanded implementation of these alternatives would provide both effective drought responses in the near-term and permanent improvements in water-supply reliability. They also offer co-benefits related to ecosystem health, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and decreasing reliance on imported water.

Although the findings are specific to California, they have the potential to inform water decisions across the United States and beyond, as drought-prone communities seek to build water resilience amid the intensifying impacts of climate change.

Dr. Amanda Bielawski, Director of Communications and Outreach

Heather Cooley, Director of Research
Dr. Peter Gleick, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow
Dr. Sonali Abraham, Research Associate
Dr. Anne Thebo, Senior Researcher
Morgan Shimabuku, Research Associate

Founded in 1987, the Pacific Institute is a global water think tank that combines science-based thought leadership with active outreach to influence local, national, and international efforts in developing sustainable water policies. Its mission is to create and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges.

A recording of the webinar will be made available to those who register.

Apr 12, 2022 09:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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