Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

California not dreamin'

A startling lack of progress in state's water innovation

A barbed wire fence guards the Delta-Mendota Canal in Los Banos. JUSTIN SULLIVAN/Getty Images


At a gathering of young professionals in the Bay Area recently, the crowd was asked how many were considering going into the water business. Just one hand went up. There's a startling lack of progress in water technology, be that new desalination systems, intelligent meters or water recycling. The amount of money invested in the water sector is also pitifully low. California, it seems, has a water innovation problem.


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