Graywater – A Potential Source of Water

California is facing a serious drought that prompted Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare “This drought is having a devastating impact on our people, our communities, our economy and our environment… This is a crisis, just as severe as an earthquake or raging wildfire, and we must treat it with the same urgency by upgrading California’s water infrastructure to ensure a clean and reliable water supply for our growing state.” After three years of dry weather, and with forecasts of precipitation and snowpack below normal levels, California is preparing for the likelihood that 2010 will be a fourth year of drought [1, 2] with the State’s key water reservoirs projected to be at only about 70% of their average storage. Unless precipitation leads to significant restoration of the State water supply and demand is reduced, the situation in California will become unsustainable.