California’s response to the current drought cycle—the second in a decade—has so far been mixed. Local and state-wide responses range from requests for voluntary conservation (15%) during the summer of 2021 to recent outdoor water restrictions for Los Angeles Water & Power (LADWP) and Metropolitan Water District (MWD) customers. Both have focused on reducing residential and commercial irrigation practices, limiting days to one or two days, respectively.
In parallel with these conservation measures, the California Coastal Commission made its critical ruling on Poseidon Water’s Huntington Beach desalination plant on 12 May 2022.
In this Research Note:
- Domestic water usage in start contrast to state goals
- U.S. desalination market hangs by a thread
- Drought, water, energy interconnectivity brought to light through backup power