Since 2012 we haven’t moved the state’s water policy too far forward. We now have a desalination plant successfully online in San Diego County and have instituted water-saving methods throughout the state. However, we are still facing a crisis with the ever-evaporating snowpack, a continuously warming climate and the reframing of the Delta tunnel project. And this might make for a good long political debate, but the reality of the situation is that most Californians do not have the luxury of time for a political debate — they have real-world needs, including the need to be able to provide water for their children to drink.
Written by Gloria Alvarado, executive director of the Orange County Labor Federation.