Briefly: California could slash water use by 30 percent

The Los Angeles Times reports that California is capable of dramatically reducing water use, a fact considered critical to the state’s ability to cope with drought and aridification. According to a new study by the Pacific Institute, the state uses some 6.6 million acre feet of water in its cities and suburbs. The Pacific Institutes estimates that could be cut by 30% to 48% by replacing leaky pipes, eliminating old washing machines, reusing wastewater and capturing more stormwater.

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