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September 9, 2014
by Ian James
The Desert Sun

How will California meet growing demands for water with a limited water supply? That is a central question posed in a new online tool that a nonprofit group created to encourage Californians to think about potential strategies for dealing with the state's big water woes.

The California Water Challenge, which was developed by the San Francisco-based nonprofit Next 10, allows people to weigh the costs and benefits of various policy options, such as increasing water rates, recycling more wastewater, and building seawater desalination plants.

September 9, 2014
by Taylor Hill
Take Part

Think shorter showers and unwashed cars is all it will take to crack California's record-breaking drought?

Think again.

California’s water deficit could grow to 2 trillion gallons by 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. That means coming up with innovative water-creating strategies to close the gap between California’s dwindling water supplies and how much water Californians consume.

September 9, 2014
by J.N. Sbranti
The Modesto Bee

Anyone wanting to take a crack at solving the state’s water supply woes can give it a try on the just-launched California Water Challenge website. The online simulation tool lets users pick from assorted water-saving and water-development options to meet California demands. Water is a hot topic during this third year of drought. The challenge attempts to demonstrate how tricky – and expensive – it can be to find enough water to meet everyone’s needs. By 2030, the U.S.

September 9, 2014
ABC News, San Francisco - Oakland - San Jose

If you think you can solve California's water problems, then an online contest might be right up your alley! Organizers call it the California Water Challenge.

Contestants can pick ideas that go beyond fixing leaky faucets as a way of fighting our drought. A non-partisan group called Next Ten is sponsoring the challenge.

Some proposed options include changing the state's future water policy, like new limits for how much water goes to farms.

Most of California's water gets used for farming. Another idea is building de-salination plants along the coast.

September 9, 2014
by Ben van der Meer
Sacramento Business Journal

Anyone who fancies themselves better suited to crafting state water policy than those who are doing it can put that knowledge to test, beginning today.

Next 10, a think tank on California public policy, has created an online California Water Challenge where users pick from a number of different options -- from more dams to desalination plants to higher fines for water wasters -- to overcome a projected severe water shortage in about 15 years.


Next 10’s Water Trivia Quiz (“Contest”) is open to legal U.S. residents who reside in the State of California and are at least 18 years of age as of the Contest start date. Contest submission begins at 9:00 a.m. PST on Sept. 17, 2014, and ends at 5:00 p.m. PST on Sept. 23, 2014. Void where prohibited. To enter, go to and submit your email address. Prize will be awarded through a random drawing. Only one (1) entry per person.

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