Long-Term Water Supply and Demand in Light of California's Population Growth

by Robert G. Potter, California Dept of Water Resources, Sacramento, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Supplying Water and Saving the Environment for Six Billion People


Californians will have to be more creative, more imaginative, and willing to investigate new methods of meeting people's water needs. Waste water reclamation and water conservation will become habits not ad hoc solutions. Water banking and transferring will be avenues more often taken, and additional water supply facilities will be required. The State is at capacity and must build to meet future demands. Additions to the federal Central Valley Project and the State Water Project are already planned. Some of the projects that DWR is moving forward are: the North and South Delta facilities, Los Banos Grandes, and the Kern Water Bank. Together, these four projects will increase dependable supplies by about 800,000 acre-feet per year.

Subject Headings: Water reclamation | Water demand | Population projection | Water resources | Water supply systems | Water conservation | Resource management | Federal government | California | United States

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