Waste Not, Want Not: The Potential
for Urban Water Conservation in California
Report Finds Water Now Wasted is the
Best, Fastest, and Cleanest Source
The largest, least expensive, and most environmentally sound
source of water to meet California's future needs is the water
currently being wasted in every sector of our economy. That's
the core message of a major new report on urban water use in California
released by the Pacific Institute of Oakland, California. "Waste
Not, Want Not: The Potential for Urban Water Conservation in California,"
in preparation for three years, is the first report to look comprehensively
at residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial water
use in the state -- and then evaluate the potential for reducing
this use through conservation and efficiency.
Despite the progress California has already made in improving
water efficiency, "Waste Not, Want Not" estimates that
up to one-third of California's current urban water use -- more
than 2.3 million acre-feet -- can be saved using existing technology.
And at least 85% of this savings (over 2 million acre-feet) can
be saved at costs below what it will cost to tap into new sources
of supply and without the social, environmental, and economic
impacts that any major water project will bring.
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