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A new online tool allows Californians to take charge of the state's water future. The California Water Challenge by the non-partisan group Next 10 asks residents to make choices about the state's limited water supply.
The public-policy think tank lets players choose the right mix of more conservation, better irrigation, higher costs and desalination. The idea is to let participants see the impact of water choices as California deals with a looming water shortage.
How will California meet growing demands for water with a limited water supply? That is a central question posed in a new online tool that a nonprofit group created to encourage Californians to think about potential strategies for dealing with the state's big water woes.
The California Water Challenge, which was developed by the San Francisco-based nonprofit Next 10, allows people to weigh the costs and benefits of various policy options, such as increasing water rates, recycling more wastewater, and building seawater desalination plants.
Think shorter showers and unwashed cars is all it will take to crack California's record-breaking drought?
California’s water deficit could grow to 2 trillion gallons by 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. That means coming up with innovative water-creating strategies to close the gap between California’s dwindling water supplies and how much water Californians consume.
Anyone wanting to take a crack at solving the state’s water supply woes can give it a try on the just-launched California Water Challenge website. The online simulation tool lets users pick from assorted water-saving and water-development options to meet California demands. Water is a hot topic during this third year of drought. The challenge attempts to demonstrate how tricky – and expensive – it can be to find enough water to meet everyone’s needs. By 2030, the U.S.