The Drought-Proof Water Supply

Droughts will become more common in the future, and California's water supply is only expected to shrink, as seen here at Almaden Resevoir.

Future droughts will become increasingly frequent and severe, according to climate predictions. Officials are so concerned about the current shortage that many are now looking for new sources of water, including the use of treated sewage discharge for—gulp—drinking water.

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By the Numbers: Surviving the Drought

The drought has severely lowered San Luis Resevoir's water level.

It’s been two decades since water officials have asked the public to cut back this much on water consumption. But with reservoirs at just a third of capacity and rain a rarity aside from the last couple weeks, the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) is asking residents to dial down water use by 20 percent.

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