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PPIC Water Policy Center

The PPIC Water Policy Center spurs innovative water management solutions that support a healthy economy, environment, and society—now and for future generations.

Featured Report · November 2020

Priorities for California’s Water

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Fact Cards

Who uses water in California?
240+ The number of endangered or vulnerable California freshwater species.
Most California water systems that fail to meet safety standards are in rural, low-income communities of color.
California added more than 10 million people since 1990, yet urban water use changed little.
The past 20 years have been the warmest in California history, making droughts more intense.
Two-thirds of dams in California are more than 50 years old.
1 in 5 Californians are vulnerable to flooding.