From American Greatness – The rains bypassed sunny California in January and February, encouraging talk of another drought. California’s last drought was only declared ended about a year ago, after two wet winters in a row filled the state’s reservoirs. To cope with the last drought, instead of building more reservoirs and taking other measures to increase the supply of water, California’s policymakers imposed permanent rationing. This predictable response ignores obvious solutions. Millions of acre-feet of storm runoff could not only be stored in new reservoirs but also in underground aquifers with massive unused capacity. Additional millions of acre-feet could be recovered by treating and reusing wastewater, and by joining the rest of the developed nations living in arid climates who have turned to large scale desalination. All of this, however, would require a change in philosophy from one of micromanagement of demand to one that emphasizes increasing supply. (more)