Ground Water Strategy in California

by Darlene E. Ruiz, State Water Resources Control Board, Sacramento, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


There is great debate over when and how much new water California needs. Yet of the backbone supply, wells that could serve over 1 million people have been either removed from use or blended with higher quality water to meet public health standards. That is a significant loss that commands attention given the predictions of water shortages in the next few decades. This paper discusses the subject in terms of historical perspectives, correcting past mistakes, new prevention programs, and state agency involvement.

Subject Headings: Water shortage | Groundwater | Water resources | Water supply | Water quality | Public health and safety | Groundwater management | Groundwater pollution | California | United States

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