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Survey Shows Most Californians Concerned Over Water Supply

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Aired 5/6/09

A new survey shows most Californians are concerned about having a sufficient supply of water. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us most people are also willing to do more to conserve.

— A new survey shows most Californians are concerned about having a sufficient supply of water. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us most people are also willing to do more to conserve.

A new statewide survey released by the Save Our Water program shows that water ranks in the top three issues of concern to Californians, topped only by the economy and the state budget.

The goal of the program is to educate Californians about the state's water challenges and encourage more conservation.

The survey shows that sixty-one percent of Californians labeled their concern about water supply as "very serious" - a greater proportion than said the same for traffic, taxes, or population growth.

In response to their growing concern about the state's water supply, people also say they're willing to take steps to help save water.

The survey found more than 85 percent of Californians say they're willing to make significant changes in their household activities to reduce their water use by 20 percent.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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wateruser | May 7, 2009 at 11:55 a.m. ― 5 years, 9 months ago

Economies, the environment and life are highly dependent on a reliable water supply. Water is the single most important chemical compound for the preservation of human life and is one of the key powers to the creation of wealth. Water creates jobs, attracts industries and investments, and provides for the health and welfare of citizens in ways ranging from disease prevention to fire suppression.
Water provided in nature for man’s use is not infinite and is never destroyed. A safe, reliable supply of desalinated seawater may be critical to the community. Since securing the desalination process for a water supply and to lower monthly water bills is controlled by water managers, you should contact your water manger to investigate desalination. Preferably the process that will produce sea salt not salt brine that is placed back into the environment, a process that will not require high energy, a process that will decrease the cost of your water, a desalination process that is now available. Only if manager’s step away from the group precepts will they be able to furnish the water that is required. Unless customers demand a solution to the water shortage very little will be done. The water professionals and communities they serve must join together to recognize the unique opportunities the vital role water plays in our daily lives. With all the water available from the sea, man should not be deprived.

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