2013 has been the driest year since California started keeping records during the Gold Rush. The Sierra snowpack is at 17 percent of normal, and there is little rain in sight. The governor has declared a drought emergency and is calling for a 20 percent reduction in water consumption.
And yet, there is reason for optimism about the prospects for moving into a more secure and resilient water future. New water supply for California’s 38 million residents is actually close at hand, if we take a harder look at the water that communities already use.
waternow is a new non-profit tackling the growing water crisis by jump-starting sustainable water solutions in communities …
solutions that can grow.
Our mission is to promote the transition to a resilient and secure water future that preserves the health of the natural world.
waternow believes that the greatest source of new urban water supply comes from:
- Effectively preserving water at its source and
- Efficiently using and reusing water in homes and businesses
waternow brings together business, community leaders, and experts to advance innovation and catalyze action.
Gray Water's Time in the Sun
2/21/2014: San Francisco, CA - "Can Anybody Save California?" That was the headline of a Politico story earlier this month about our state's water crisis. Predictions of apocalypse are not uncommon when it comes to water in the West, and yet buried in the same story was a major part of the answer; notwithstanding an additional 4 million residents, demand for water in Southern California has not risen since 1990 - due largely to conservation measures. Gray water use, in particular, may be approaching its moment in the sun.
A New Water Supply for Urban California
1/29/2014: Sacramento, CA - The water numbers are sobering at best. 2013 has been the driest year since California started keeping records during the Gold Rush. The Sierra snowpack is at 17 percent of normal, and there is little rain in sight. The governor has declared a drought emergency and is calling for a 20 percent reduction in water consumption.
County Joins Forces with WaterNow
to Launch Graywater Program
1/27/2014: San Rafael, CA - Under a proposed collaboration, the County of Marin would ramp up promotion of graywater systems and other practices in a sustainability effort conveniently timed to address worsening drought conditions.