It is estimated between 70 and 75 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, more than 96 percent of which is too salty for most human uses.
Capturing the water and putting it to use requires means among other things moving it from northern California, where nearly 75 percent of the state’s rainfall occurs, to central and southern California, where 75 percent of the agricultural and urban demand exists.
Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water
An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.
(United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). (2006). Human Development Report 2006, Beyond Scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis)
Did you know that if everyone in the state reduced her or his water consumption by 10 gallons a month, California would save a total of 4.56 billion gallons every year?
7.4 million square feet of lawn have been removed from Los Angeles landscapes since 2009.
(Los Angeles Times, 4/19/14)
90 percent of sewage in L.A. County is treated
(Council for Watershed Health 2012-2013 Annual Report)
On the U.S. West Coast the cost of cleaning up marine litter comes to more than $13 per person per year.