California is no stranger to drought. When conditions become dry,
water storage declines and water conservation mandates make news
headlines; questions from the public often surface about what
appear to be easy solutions to augment the state’s water supply.
But the answers can be complicated and, in the end, there is no
silver bullet to ensure a resilient water supply, especially
We explore “frequently asked questions” often posed by the public
and provide answers below. Simply click on the question for the
answer to appear.
This handbook provides crucial
background information on the Sustainable Groundwater Management
Act, signed into law in 2014 by Gov. Jerry Brown. The handbook
also includes a section on options for new governance.
As of October 2016, California had endured five years of drought,
and the state has paid a price, with a high toll on the state’s
rivers, reservoirs, groundwater and all the life water supports.
Impacts have included water shortages and a decrease in water
quality, which have impaired water systems and challenged
agriculture, businesses and communities.
The Water Education Foundation produced a radio ad campaign in
four Southern California counties (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside
and San Bernardino) to educate citizens about keeping
pharmaceuticals out of their water supply.