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Editorial: Our Voice: Good Ideas Discussed At Water Symposium

Publication Date: 
March 23, 2014
The Desert Sun

Professor Barton "Buzz" Thompson is cited in The Desert Sun for recent remarks he made at a water symposium regarding how only 14% of the State of California's wastewater is being recycled. 

The devastating drought, concern about shrinking groundwater levels and a public that strongly embraces conservation efforts could lead to real progress in reducing water usage in the Coachella Valley.

Working together, we can turn this crisis into an opportunity for change.


Buzz Thompson, director of Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment, told the symposium that only 14 percent of California’s wastewater is being recycled.

The Coachella Valley recycles about half of its wastewater, which is something to be proud of. However, we could do more. Thompson said the Salinas Valley uses recycled water from the city of Monterey to grow many of its crops. The city uses 100 percent of its wastewater.