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Building Drought Resilience in California’s Cities and Suburbs
David Mitchell, Ellen Hanak, Ken Baerenklau, Alvar Escriva-Bou, Henry McCann, María Pérez-Urdiales, and Kurt Schwabe

June 2017

Full Report
[PDF, 1850K]

Technical Appendix
[PDF, 54K]

California’s urban water suppliers have become increasingly adept at drought management thanks to investments in diverse supplies, cooperative efforts with neighbors, and programs to manage water demand. But in the face of extreme hot and dry conditions, questions arose over preparedness for ongoing drought, and the state took the unprecedented step of ordering mandatory water conservation in 2015. This report looks at evolving state and local roles in managing urban water supply during drought, and lessons to help us better prepare for droughts of the future.

This research was supported with funding from California Water Service, the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, and the US Environmental Protection Agency.



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