Newsom calls for boosting water supply projects to curb California drought, climate change

Construction is underway for intake pipes to draw water from the San Joaquin River for a water desalination plant in Antioch Calif., Thursday, July 21, 2022. The plant will be the state’s first inland desalination plant for brackish surface water, said John Samuelson, the city’s director of public works. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday said California must do more to expand its water supplies by building new reservoirs, desalination plants and recycled water facilities to address worsening droughts and water shortages from climate change.

Newsom released a 19-page plan that directs state agencies to accelerate permitting and offer increased financial

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