A landmark analysis of California water systems is being undertaken by the University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin Center for Innovation. Scholars and civil leaders have secured a $3 million contract with the California State Water Resources Board for the study.
The federal Bureau of Reclamation is restricting the amount of water Arizona and Nevada, as well as Mexico, extract from the Colorado River because the Lake Mead reservoir is alarmingly low.
After the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, last year, scientists found that burned plastics in some water lines had released high levels of cancer-causing benzenes. Those toxic agents are still in Paradise’s water, they now say.
More than 100 million Americans rely on groundwater, but a recent study finds that wells are going dry and well owners are drilling ever deeper.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation that secures $1.3 billion to help water systems deliver safe drinking water to more than a million residents.