Help policy makers and regulators solve Orange County’s water-dilemma. In the historic five year CA drought that just ended in 2016, Orange County had to implement mandatory state imposed water conservation measures. Millions of dollars in economic activity were lost by curtailed water supplies. Though that drought is over, a new drought will predictably come to OC due to California’s long term drying climate caused by Global Warming, which results from human reliance on carbon based fossil-fuels.
Orange County water supply has yet to recover from the drought. Its aquifer is only 38% filled causing 19 of Orange Counties’ water districts to rely on imported water purchased from northern California and the Colorado River. Over all, Orange County is 50% dependent on imported water, the cost of which increases on average more than 6.4% per year, and is increasingly fought over by farmers, cites and environmentalists. Furthermore, energy used to pump imported water to Orange County is mostly carbon-based, thus contributing to global warming.
“OC Water Maker” challenges you to devise a formula for the Orange County Water District (OCWD) to provide a comparatively drought proof supply of clean water for the residents for the next five to ten years.
OCWD manages the County's groundwater basin which provides water, through 19 water districts, to 2.4 million people in central and northern county or 80% of the county’s total population of 3 million people.
Currently OCWD’s current drinking water-demand is 414,926 acre feet a year. But that demand is projected to grow so by 2030 Orange County is expected to add 300,000 more people for a growth rate of 10%.
How many ways can Orange County source water? Play the game and start helping today!