BY PETER WILLIAMS, CTO, IBM SMARTER WATER
While state and federal regulators are considering any number of policy options, water providers are working toward the goal of reducing water consumption by 20 percent by the year 2020 in order to comply with the state’s Water Conservation Act of 2009. In Nor thern California’s Sonoma County, water conservation is not a simple matter. Agriculture is a major economic force, and an inadequate water supply could ﬁnancially devastate the region. By
CALIFORNIANS’ FE AR OF severe and prolonged water shortages is not outlandish. The state population is projected to hit 60 million by 2050, and it’s not totally clear how the existing water supply – one of the most tightly regulated natural resources in the country – will meet surging demand.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2012