Looking ahead to solve California's water crisis

07/18/2014 11:07 AM

07/18/2014 9:10 AM

Re "$500-a-day water-waste fine OK'd" (Page A1, July 16): State officials are vigorously trying to reduce unnecessary water usage. That alone won't be enough to solve the problem, however. We must support infrastructure improvements including storage and conveyance as well as increasing the amount of water we have available.

As the cost of imported water is on the rise, and technological advances are bringing down the cost of desalination, desal has become the only truly drought-proof process to deliver a new source of clean, safe and high-quality water in a cost-effective and environmentally sound way.

Lawmakers need to start looking ahead to immediate next steps to solve California's ongoing water crisis. This includes necessary improvements to infrastructure and streamlining desalination efforts statewide.

-- Allan Zaremberg, president and CEO, California Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento

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