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Gaining Support from Key Local Stakeholders to Advance High-impact Water Affordability Policies in the United States

June 6, 2024 | post


The Pacific Institute, Corvias Infrastructure Solutions (CIS), the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Luskin Center for Innovation, and the University of North Carolina (UNC) Environmental Finance Center are collaborating on The Water Research Foundation (WRF) project 5179, Feasibility and Applicability of Emerging Utility-Led Innovations in Addressing Affordability, which documents emerging innovations and strategies for advancing utility-driven affordability efforts in the United States.


Water Resilience Coalition 2023 Impact Report: Turning Ambition into Action

June 3, 2024 | publication


The Water Resilience Coalition has released its 2023 Impact Report "Turning Ambition into Action," highlighting the strides made towards a water resilient future.


Corporate Water Stewardship in the Colorado River Basin: Case Studies

May 22, 2024 | publication


These three case studies highlight the impact that corporate co-funding can have in addressing critical water challenges in the The Basin.


Featured in American Society of Civil Engineers

‘Vast Opportunity’: Captured Stormwater Could Be Urban Boon

May 16, 2024 | news




Inaugural U.S. WASH Convening to Address Water Access Gap, Bringing Together Over 200 Attendees from 100+ Organizations

May 7, 2024 | announcement


Vessel™, a collective of United States WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) organizations dedicated to addressing the water and sanitation crisis in the United States, is proud to host the inaugural U.S. WASH Convening from May 7-9 at the Hilton Washington DC National Mall The Wharf.


April 2024 Newsletter

April 26, 2024 | announcement


The monthly newsletter features the Pacific Institute’s research, publications, news about past and upcoming Institute staff outreach efforts, and media coverage of its work and analysis.



Saving Water and Money Through Toilet Leak Detection: A Los Angeles Case Study in Affordable Multifamily Housing

April 3, 2024 | publication


New Pacific Institute research finds toilet leak detection can offer significant water and cost savings at multifamily housing buildings in the United States, addressing a critical yet overlooked aspect of urban water efficiency.  


Climate Change and Rural Water for Frontline Communities in the Southwest United States 

March 26, 2024 | publication


This issue brief provides an overview of the escalating threat climate change poses to rural water for frontline communities in the Southwest United States. This region, defined by the US National Climate Assessment’s 6-state area (Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah), is facing increasing water challenges due to prolonged droughts, extreme temperatures, groundwater depletion, wildfire, flooding, and reduced mountain snowpack.


Featured in Los Angeles Times

California Doubles State Water Project Allocation Thanks to February Storms

March 23, 2024 | news



Pacific Institute Reflects on World Water Day Theme: Water for Peace 

March 21, 2024 | post


This year, World Water Day focuses on leveraging water for peace. At the Pacific Institute, we approach every day focused on water. 


Webinar: Untapped Potential of Urban Stormwater Runoff in the United States

March 19, 2024 | video


Launched recently, the study quantifies the volumetric potential of stormwater runoff in urban areas, finding 59.5 million acre-feet per year (AFY) – equivalent to an annual average of more than 53 billion gallons per day – of urban stormwater is generated. Developed using a spatially distributed modeling approach, this work sets the stage for wider uptake of stormwater capture to improve water resilience by mitigating impacts from intensifying flooding and drought driven by climate change, diversifying water supplies to address water scarcity risks, and reducing water pollution.


March 2024 Newsletter

March 15, 2024 | announcement


The monthly newsletter features the Pacific Institute’s research, publications, news about past and upcoming Institute staff outreach efforts, and media coverage of its work and analysis.


Water Fundraising Veteran Nicole Wickenhauser Joins Pacific Institute as Director of Development 

March 14, 2024 | announcement


The Pacific Institute, a US-based global water think tank, today announced water fundraising veteran Nicole Wickenhauser has joined its executive team as Director of Development. In this newly created role, Wickenhauser will lead the development of a new visionary funding model to support the Pacific Institute’s long-term strategic growth.



Featured in Los Angeles Times

California Eases New Water Saving Regulations for Local Agencies After Pushback

March 13, 2024 | news




Featured in Forbes

Innovation That Can Solve Housing’s Water Scarcity Challenge

March 6, 2024 | news



Featured in Reuters

California Snowpack Now Above Average, but Will It Last?

March 4, 2024 | news



Featured in Wired

US Cities Could Be Capturing Billions of Gallons of Rain a Day

February 29, 2024 | news



Featured in the Houston Chronicle

Texas Has the Most Urban Runoff of Any State. Could That Solve Looming Water Woes?

February 29, 2024 | news




Untapped Potential: An Assessment of Urban Stormwater Runoff Potential in the United States

February 29, 2024 | publication


Urban communities across the United States face a range of water challenges. These include intensifying impacts of flooding and drought, water scarcity risks, constraints on traditional water supplies facing peak water limits, and water pollution. Novel approaches are needed to address these challenges and improve long-term water resilience.


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