Sep. 23, 2014 (San Diego) The United States General Assembly met and declared climate change a global emergency. For example, secretary-general of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to Climate Summit 2014 this 23 September to galvanize and catalyze climate action.”
In San Diego different agencies have developed a series of Climate Action Plans, and the Water Department is not different. The plan for the water department includes “Reducing per-capita water demand among end-users within San Diego County will help maintain long-term supplies in the region.” This started well before the current drought, but it is part of the CAP issued in early 2014.
The objectives include the reduction in Green House Gases (GHG) to 1990 levels. To do this the department had to gather data on how much it was releasing to the atmosphere. A more current inventory was produced and the department is on track to meet the state requirements as set by Assembly Bill 32.
It assumes that with usage with no reduction it could be a problem. The Department also understands that “that changing climate conditions has significant implications for long-term water supply planning, and the need for energy efficiency and water supply adaptations. This CAP is part of the Water Authority’s commitment to energy efficiency and a contribution to attainment of state goals.”
The Water department also recognizes that the issue will not end in 2020, but it is an ongoing planning and delivery challenge.
Categories: Climate Change