Not to get too far off topic but you're lucky. I just got a job making $60000 annually and while I can afford rent I have to choose between rent and comfortably surviving. Not easy when rent for a one bedroom condo is $2200 or more a month.
So, California's Governor Newsom has unveiled his State's water strategy.
The underlying assumption, is that absent intervention, California will lose 10% of its water supply by 2040.
The strategy includes vast new reservoirs to capture storm water/rain water and ensure that it isn't just all sent downstream to the Ocean.
It also includes desalination, but not merely of Ocean water, but brackish groundwater.
Additional 'water recycling' measures are being looked at..........
While conservation measures form a comparatively small part of the proposed solution at ~ 8%; but that still includes removing 500,000,000 ft 2 of ornamental turf (lawn).
That's ~46km2 of lawns. (for the record, I think this is goal is too low, by at least a factor of 10). It also includes removing 500,000 acres of farms from irrigation.
My overall comments: Estimates for California's future water supply are problematic, by and large, estimates have proven too high in the past, and a more conservative projection would be wise.
Part of that is the science of water; but part is the political conflict of more severe water shortages in places like Arizona and Nevada who share the same water supply in part (the Colorado)
I think, at the very least, they should plan for a 15% reduction in order to have more of a safety margin.
The 10% is also misleading, as the water shortage is clearly more acute from the Colorado River diversion and points south, vs the more lush and temperate Northern California.
California already moves water between the two parts of the State and clearly envisions doing more of this in the future.
I'm not keen on this solution, and I would argue moving water between watersheds to create the 'illusion' of abundance is part of how they got into this mess in the first place. A mess that would exist regardless
of Climate Change, but one which is certainly aggravated by that.
I expect, aside from removing a lot more lawn than is proposed (California has 4,000,000, acres of lawns); there will need to be a further reduction in irrigated farm land, more crop-shifting, and probable restrictions on swimming pools.
I wonder if proper pricing of water would do much to improve efficiency of water use in irrigation. We in Canada are strongly opposed to bulk water exports, yet we are beneficiaries of the produce production in California, which is a massive embodied water exporter.
New mandatory water cuts are coming for the Colorado River. But they aren't enough to solve the West's water crisis.
It strikes me as extraordinary in the graphic below, that Mexico, which would naturally receive the waters of the Colorado takes the most consistent, steepest impact; while California which would not recieve those waters naturally takes the least.
For further reference, this is a (portion) of a map showing where California gets its water supply:
You will note the 2 aqueducts that draw water out of the Colorado system and shift the water to southern California; equally note......how the Colorado becomes a dashed line in Mexico indicating that it seasonally dries up now.