“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. This is a quote shared by Pat Mulroy, Senior Fellow at Brookings Institute, at a recent UC Davis conference in California. Steve discusses his gained new insight and a hopeful direction for California as demonstrated through thirty years of work that Pat Mulroy accomplished while General Manager at both the Southern Nevada Water Authority and Las Vegas Water District. Las Vegas was able to reduce within six years their water demand by a third and gain 400,000 people. This was accomplished by improving water efficiency, water reuse and water recycling. The practical goal was to remove as much evaporative loss as possible, recycle and reuse as much as possible and maintain a high quality of life and economic stability, even during serious drought.