The Future of Water

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With the recent heavy rains, our water supply may not be at the top of everyone’s worry list. Even so, last week the San Diego County Water Authority gave an update on the future of water in our region. The County Water Authority was created by the Legislature in 1944. Its 24 member agencies provide about 75% of our water and serve 3.3 million people. But only 17% of our water comes from local supplies, which include the nation’s largest desalination plant at Carlsbad.11% originates in Northern California and 72% from the Colorado River. It includes a water transfer agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District that supplies about 35% of our water. We’ve spent billions on raising local dams, on lining the Coachella and All-American canals to eliminate seepage, on construction
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