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Newsom: California Must Boost Water Recycling, Desalination

Governor Gavin Newsom, center, talks to reporters during a press conference at the construction site of a water desalination plant in Antioch, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
Governor Gavin Newsom, center, talks to reporters during a press conference at the construction site of a water desalination plant in Antioch, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
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Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- California should invest tens of billions of dollars in water recycling, storage and desalination over the next two decades to shore up its supply as the state gets drier and hotter, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a proposal released Thursday.

It comes as drought continues to grip the U.S. West and the state prepares to lose 10% of its water supply by 2040, according to projections by the Department of Water Resources. The Democratic governor discussed the proposal at the construction site of a plant to remove salts from river water that should be fresh, the type of project he said the state needs more of in the coming years.