‘Gimme Shelter’: In drought, does California have enough water for lots of new homes?

Tear up your lawn. Do less laundry. Only flush the toilet if you have to.

This is all Californians have received amid a drought that is forcing water restrictions across the state. At the same time, California leaders are pushing to build millions of new homes to ease the state’s affordability woes.

In this episode of Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast, we discuss the apparent contradiction between striving to conserve water and building new homes. In short, water experts say there will be enough for many new homes and people if residents’ 60-year trend towards using less continues and accelerates into the future.

Our guest is Ellen Hanak, director of the Water Policy Center of the Public Policy Institute of California.

“Gimme Shelter,” a bi-weekly podcast exploring why living in California is so expensive and what the state can do about it, features Liam Dillon, reporting on housing affordability issues for the Los Angeles Times, and Manuela Tobías, Reporter for Housing CalMatters.

You can subscribe to Gimme Shelter on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud and Google Podcasts.

https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2022-07-12/gimme-shelter-in-drought-does-california-have-enough-water-for-lots-of-new-homes ‘Gimme Shelter’: In drought, does California have enough water for lots of new homes?

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