Despite the recent easing of drought conditions in California, the state's water resources remain under siege. Water is no longer the reliably abundant resource it once was and remains at the center of controversy and tensions between urban, manufacturing, and agricultural users. All of us bear responsibility in finding a way to share the limited and fluctuating supplies. It’s about sustainability. It’s the ability to provide a sustainable ecosystem for current and future generations.
California’s wine industry alone uses more than 4.4 billion gallons of water per year to process grapes into wine. Today’s investments in water conservation, improvements in efficiency, and reuse technologies for wastewater will provide a competitive advantage in the future. This will ensure that agriculture and related processing activities continue to play an important role in California’s wine and industrial communities while protecting our ecosystems.