Voters in California on Tuesday easily approved a $7.2 billion bond initiative to fund various state water projects.
The measure includes funding for new water storage projects, water recycling efforts, storm water recovery, building of new dams and efforts to provide safe drinking water for those in need.
But relief from the severe drought—now heading into its fourth year—won't be so easy to come by, analysts admit.
"I think this is the beginning of a great new day and an opportunity to change our relationship with water resources," said Andrew Fahlund, deputy director of the California Water Foundation, a privately funded group that works on new approaches to water management.
"However, we know this won't provide immediate relief from the drought," Fahlund said. "Even under the best of circumstances some projects could take a decade."