Pacific Institute

CALIFORNIA WATER 2030: An Efficient Future

What could California’s water situation look like in the year 2030—twenty-five years from now? The answer is, almost anything: from shortage and political conflict to sufficiency and cooperation. California water planners regularly prepare projections of supply and demand as part of the California Water Plan process, but these projections have never included a vision of a truly water-efficient future, where California’s environmental, economic, and social water needs are met with smart technology, strong management, and appropriate rates and incentives. A water-efficient future is possible; indeed, it is preferable. We present a “High Efficiency” scenario here in which Californians maximize our ability to do the things we want, while minimizing the amount of water required to satisfy those desires.

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