Gray is the New Green
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A version of this article appears in the July/August 2011
issue of Home Energy Magazine.
July 01, 2011
Projections are that by 2015, 36 U.S. states will have some degree of water shortage brought about by increasing population and shifting climate patterns. In California, a state already coping with severe water shortages (two water emergencies declared by former Governor Schwarzenegger in 2008 and 2009), the population is expected to double by 2050. It’s difficult to comprehend how it will be possible to accommodate the water needs of double the population when the needs of current residents can scarcely be met today. Our individual demand for water coupled with the needs of agriculture and energy production cannot be met without significant changes in how we use—and reuse—water.
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