Where will our future water supply come from, if not rain? | KALW

Where will our future water supply come from, if not rain?

Mar 24, 2015

The LA Times recently published an editorial that reported that California’s reservoirs are currently storing only about a year’s worth of water supply. Significant storms could still add to that supply, but it’s daunting data, coming at the tail end of the traditional wet season.

UC Berkeley Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, David Sedlak, has been thinking about where our future water supplies will come from if we continue to see less precipitation. His recent book, Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource, tackles this question. Sedlak sat down with KALW’s Audrey Dilling to talk about how our water systems should evolve.

DAVID SEDLAK: We’ll think about building little miniature treatment plants, either in housing developments or in the basements of buildings. And this will be the distributed water system of the future.

Click the audio player above to listen to the complete interview.