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					THE CALIFORNIA
 WATER CRISIS:
 Myths and Facts
About California's
 Water Shortage
     Headlines are screaming that
  California is running out of water.
 While it is true that the water crisis
in California is reaching critical mass,
   it is important to tone down the
        hysteria and find rational,
  responsible, long-term solutions.
  A smart start is separating myth
from fact in an effort to find viable
     and intelligent answers to
      California's water woes.
Here are some of the most common
 myths surrounding the California
           water crisis.
         1.
MYTH: California is out
      of water.
 FACT: California is not out of water,
it is experiencing a limited supply of
  sufficient excess water to meet its
       current and future needs.
 The answer is not to magically find
more water at any cost, but to more
efficiently use the resources that we
  have. This can be done by better
    education and more effective
 application of current policies and
              remedies.
         2.
MYTH: Conservation is
  the only answer.
FACT: Conservation is one answer,
   but it only a small piece of the
 puzzle. A more logical and viable
  solution to the bigger picture is
more efficient use of resources by
making changes that actually affect
              outcome.
  Conservation doesn't sufficiently
address the issue of non-renewable
  water supply, that is water that is
 consumed, i.e. drank, evaporated,
  used in manufacturing; instead it
 focuses on water sources that can
           be renewed.
   For example, water conservation
focuses on the person watering their
  lawn, which is a renewable use of
 water. The same reasoning applies
          to agricultural use.
The planting of drought-resistant
 grasses and crops that use less
  water to begin with is a more
  sensible long-term approach.
To focus conservation on renewable
water usage is well-intentioned, but
  only leads to a 20 percent overall
 reduction and savings. The priority
in water conservation needs to shift
   to non-renewable water usage.
           3.
 MYTH: The "Villain of
the day" is responsible
  for the water crisis.
  FACT: Government, farmers, and
   industry have all taken a turn at
    being the culprit of the current
  crisis. While there is a little bit of
 blame to share, the fact is that the
native climate of California, coupled
    with persistent drought and an
increase in population and demand
           play a bigger part.
 The realities of the environment in
     which we all live require the
development of new strategies in all
 sectors to better manage available
  resources, and better planning to
foresee and forestall such shortages
             in the future.
         4.
MYTH: More laws are
 the solution to the
      problem.
 FACT: Throwing more legislation at
the problem only delays finding real
    solutions. The answer to the
      legislation issue is better
  enforcement of the policies and
 legislation that is already in place.
       5.
MYTH: There is no
   solution.
   FACT: There is a solution to the
 problem of water shortages, but it
     involves a little sacrifice and
 flexibility on the part of everyone
 concerned. It also involves better
educating residents, agriculture, and
    industry on adapting to more
  efficient resource-management
              strategies.
      Learn more
water conservation tips
          at

 www.centralbasin.org