California water shortage spurs innovation

When it comes to finding innovative solutions for California’s historic water crisis, wacky ideas such as towing icebergs from the Arctic, piping water from Alaska and shipping snow from Boston’s record-setting blizzards seemed to grab all the headlines.

Beyond those “wildly ambitious” ideas, California has an unprecedented opportunity to refine already existing innovations and create new technologies to quench its four-year drought.

“We have always believed that the rising cost of water would fuel invention,” said Suffolk Construction’s West Region President and Chief Executive Officer, Andy Ball, who has sat on the California Water Commission for five years. “But I would argue there is no better time to come up with innovative ideas for water conservation than a record-breaking drought.”

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