Southern Californians should be reassured by the efforts of Metropolitan Water District to secure adequate water supplies for the future.
As president of the Southern California Assn. of Governments (SCAG), a regional planning agency for six Southern California counties, I share Boronkay's concern that our future water needs will outgrow existing supplies as we move into the 21st Century.
Southern California is already doing a lot to make efficient use of existing supplies. Numerous conservation programs have been implemented and thousands of elementary school students are being taught the value of wise water use through special education programs. Water reclamation projects are on the increase and innovative groundwater storage efforts are under way that will capture and save water during wet years for use during future droughts. And the list goes on.
Why, then, this growing need for water? The answer is our growing population.
SCAG expects an additional 3 million people will live and work within its six-county region by the year 2000, stimulating development of a more diverse economic base supplementing existing agriculture and other water-hungry enterprises.