New water funding could recycle into Coastside
To combat an increasingly hotter and drier atmosphere, state officials are looking to fund new water projects that could kickstart a recycled water system on the coast. With a dwindling snowpack and fewer available resources, researchers from the Department of Water Resources project that climate change impact could reduce the state’s water supply by up to 10 percent by 2040. That’s about 6 million to 9 million acre-feet of water supply. For comparison, the Shasta Reservoir holds 4.5 million acre-feet. To make up for losses, the state is looking at financing major water projects. Last month Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a slew of moves to increase water supply and adapt to more extreme weather patterns caused by climate change through 2040. One of the biggest ways it could do that is through recycled water.