As Southern California's population grows -- and taxes its famously scarce water supply -- the Inland Empire Utilities Agency is applying the tenets of smart growth to its efforts to recycle, reuse, and conserve water.
"At the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, we're anticipating almost a 50 percent increase in population in our service area over the next 20 years. With that comes a whole array of services, including water supply, sewage treatment and organics management."
"Through our capital improvement program we are investing in projects that will expand our regional system to meet future needs. We're building a recycled water system, groundwater recharge projects, and other local projects that will ensure adequate water supplies for the region."
"No mega-projects are going to solve the water challenges of California, like Pat Brown with the State Aqueduct in 1960. It's going to require regional and community partnerships to use existing systems efficiently and recovering and reusing supplies, whether it's contaminated groundwater or water recycling. That is the new supply of the 21st century."
Thanks to Josh Stephens