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May 13, 1990 | NEIL D. BERLANT is managing partner of Water Research Associates, a Los Angeles-based firm that provides financing and research for water-related commercial projects. The Times asked his views on California's water shortages
The reason we now have to grapple with water shortages--rainfall aside--is because we've taken away the incentives to find alternatives. Desalination is a viable alternative. It works. It isn't a gee-whiz technology. We can desalinate (ocean) salt water and are doing so routinely. The problem is that we're only using desalination as a last resort; and that's because other supplies of water are substantially less expensive.
October 19, 1988
The greenhouse effect of global warming poses grave environmental dangers to California, including permanent water shortages, scientists warned a congressional hearing in San Francisco. Too much carbon dioxide and other gases in the atmosphere would mean dirtier air, less fresh water, changes in fish and wildlife, and greater use of pesticides and herbicides.
December 29, 1989
In an effort to promote water conservation during a dry winter season, city officials are organizing a public forum. The seminar, starting at noon Jan. 13 in City Hall, will feature speakers on local water issues, proper irrigation methods, drought-tolerant landscaping and environmental issues that are related to water shortages. San Clemente officials recently have considered a water-rationing ordinance that would restrict development in the event of a critical shortage.
October 15, 1987
The Southern California Water Committee, a nonprofit organization formed by many cities and counties across the Southland to promote solutions to the state's water problems, has invited a number of state officials to its annual meeting today as a first step in a hoped-for statewide water campaign. The committee, based in Irvine and chaired by Orange County Supervisor Harriett M. Wieder, will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Sheraton Grande Hotel in Los Angeles.
December 21, 1990
In the wake of dire predictions about water shortages, the City Council has increased water rates and is urging citizens and businesses to voluntarily reduce their water consumption. The cost of water in excess of 200 cubic feet per month will increase 9%. City Manager Lee Risner said the situation is becoming serious. "We need a 10% reduction in overall water consumption," he said.
Despite early predictions of financial collapse, California's farm economy has weathered the fifth year of drought with surprising resiliency and may ultimately fare better than urban businesses, an economist told water officials Wednesday. But the strength of agriculture statewide masks "extreme pain" that some smaller farm communities are experiencing because of water shortages, said Frederick Cannon, a senior economist and vice president for Bank of America.
April 10, 1991
Even as the Metropolitan Water District was scaling back its rationing program in Los Angeles, state water officials were taking steps in Sacramento to require all urban water agencies to prepare an emergency plan for future droughts. Department of Water Resources Director David Kennedy, who also heads Gov.
November 19, 1991 | Associated Press
Despite water shortages that idled farmland and withered lawns, California's emergency water bank ended up buying about $45 million more in water than it could sell, state and local officials told lawmakers Monday. Bob Potter, deputy director of the state Water Resources Department, said the State Water Project will buy the water for reserves in case the drought continues into a sixth year this winter.
April 2, 2010 | By Bettina Boxall
Despite a return to normal snowpack and precipitation this winter, state officials said water shortages will continue this summer and urged continued conservation efforts. The Department of Water Resources on Thursday slightly increased allocations in the state system that helps supply urban Southern California. Managers said they might be able to raise projected deliveries again next month but warned that they expect the final numbers to be no more than last year -- about 40% of full allocation, which prompted rationing in many Southland cities, including Los Angeles.
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