Feb 19, 2014

California: Water Crisis

It’s been said we’re going to run out of water before we run out of oil. 

The water crisis is not only a problem in poor or developing countries. California is a region of the United States being affected by one of the most severe droughts in its history. Approximately 25 million people are at risk of running out of water. Endangering food production with several consequences in the agricultural sector. The basins are estimated to have lost 10 km3 fresh water for each of the last 2 years. This is equivalent to consummated water in urban areas in California each year.

To tackle the problem of water the California Government launched: Action Plan for California water. This plan includes an investment of $ 618 million for 2014-2015 to encourage projects for better water distribution, for a restoration of watersheds and rivers. This proposal seeks 3 major objectives:
  1. More reliable water supplies 
  2. The restoration of important species and habitat
  3. More resilient, sustainably managed water resources system (water supply, water quality, flood protection, and environment) 

With the same problem of drought are also the states of Texas, Utah and Arizona.

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