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How Much Water Could California Save?

Almonds and other crops are sucking up California’s water supply. Even nuttier: The state’s inefficient farming methods.

California’s in the middle of its most significant drought in half a millennia. According to Jay Famiglietti, senior water cycle scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Golden State’s reservoirs contain only a one-year supply* of water. If California continues to be caught in this drought through 2016, America (and much of the world) might be a whole lot hungrier. By many calculations, 80 percent of California’s developed water supply is dedicated to agricultural needs. The state’s vast and historically fertile lands, particularly in the Central Valley, have made it the nation’s number one producer of countless desirable crops: walnuts, strawberries, avocados, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, grapes, lettuce, peppers, spinach, tomatoes, artichokes…

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Sponsored: This Mother's Day, Honor Moms Worldwide

This Mother's Day, honor your own mother, and then honor another using Water.org's mother's day eCards.


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For women, the water crisis is personal, its impact immense. Every day around the world, women collectively spend 200 million work hours gathering clean water for their families. These are hours they cannot spend earning an income. Their children struggle with illness. This Mother’s Day alone, 4,000 mothers will lose a child to a preventable water-borne illness. You can help improve the quality of life for women and their families across the globe by helping women like Ranjana gain access to clean, safe water.

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Sponsored Video: Fighting Water Woes with Point-of-Use Filters

Today, 884 million people across the world don't have access to safe and clean water. The solution may be household water filter treatments.

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