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Report · November 2018

California’s Water: Water for Cities

Ellen Hanak, Jay Lund, David Mitchell, Newsha Ajami, Ken Baerenklau, Kurt Schwabe, David Sedlak, Alvar Escriva-Bou, Casey J. Wichman, Henry McCann, and David Jassby

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California’s urban water suppliers are adapting to an increasing population and a growing economy by diversifying supplies and reducing demand. Ongoing challenges described in this brief include managing water quality and developing cost-effective, sustainable local supplies.

This publication is part of a briefing kit that summarizes 13 of the state’s most pressing water management issues.


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