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Study: California Will Need 40 Percent More Water

posted on July 29, 2005

A new study says California will need 40 percent more water over the next 25 years, much of it directed to landscaping. The Public Policy Institute of California says population growth will increase the need for more water planning, conservation and recycling.

California already has cut indoor water use by requiring more stringent plumbing codes and water-efficient appliances. Now there is a push to cut back on the amount of water people use for lawn care.

Experts say California cities could follow the example of Las Vegas, which promotes the use of native plants and also maintains smaller lawns. They also advocate that new developments and recreation areas, including golf courses and roadway medians, can be designed to use recycled water.

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