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California Drought Sparks Innovative Solutions

15 May 2014
Research Note

On 30 April 2014, The California Department of Water Resources released a report analyzing 5,400 groundwater wells across the state — signaling historic declines in water levels. Groundwater provides approximately 60% of California’s water supply in a dry year (40% in an average year) and 2013 was the driest in recorded history. In many areas of the San Joaquin Valley, recent groundwater levels are more than 100 feet below previous historical lows.

Takeaways

  • Long-term stress driving California water opportunities
  • California revives interest in large-scale seawater desalination
  • Agriculture water stress raises significance of innovative technologies

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