Two of the most important resources, water and energy, are pivotal to the economic growth, health, and resilience of our communities. Most of us are accustomed to the readily available supply of these two resources twenty-four hours a day. Yet, the relationship between water and energy is often misunderstood. In California, extreme droughts, heat, wildfire, and sea-level rise urge water and energy conservation. According to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, when water supply is low, we have less water available to produce energy. When we have an energy outage, we have less energy available for water production, treatment, and distribution. A lack of such resources disproportionately endangers the livelihoods of vulnerable populations with unclean drinking water, lower crop yields, and inadequate access to sanitation. To address these impacts on water or energy supply, strategic collaboration from all levels of government including local residents is needed to integrate policy and improve challenges the water-energy nexus can create. In this upcoming WELL Webinar, we bring together utilities experts, local elected officials, and community leaders to examine the water-energy nexus and share innovative policy solutions that will ensure sustainable water and energy for all Californians.
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