Future Water Supply

 
  Photo courtesy of OCWD

Photo courtesy of OCWD

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  • Water conservation - Yes, conserving water now effectively extends the life of our water supply. This in turn helps avert the need to develop costly new water sources and large infrastructure projects.
  • New major pipelines - Allows water transfer between basins.
  • Increased groundwater storage (groundwater recharge basins)
  • Increased recycled water capacity or facilities
  • Increased desalting capacity of facilities
Did you know that 19% of ALL electricity used in the entire state of California is directly related to water? This includes the transfer, treatment, heating, and cooling of water.

As you can see, water is moved, pumped, treated, and reused many times over. Most of this requires a lot of water infrastructure and electricity. Once water has gotten to your local water provider, it is, on a daily basis, rigorously tested, treated, and moved through hundreds of miles of pipe to where it is needed. It goes through valves, pump stations, meters, and fire hydrants.