At the request of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, researchers at the Pacific Institute undertook this analysis of historical water conservation and efficiency programs and water demand forecasts for the region around Atlanta, Georgia. The goal was to improve understanding of the potential for reducing water waste in the region and maintaining critical water flows for downstream ecosystems in Georgia and Florida. This analysis offers insight for leaders and planners in light of the City of Atlanta’s unprecedented November 2007 water challenges, the first time that a major U.S. city was poised to completely run out of water in a matter of weeks.
There is broad recognition that adapting to climate change, coupled with the need to address aging infrastructure, population growth, and degraded ecosystems, will require rethinking programs and policies and investing in our natural and built water systems.
Stormwater has traditionally been managed to mitigate flooding and protect water quality. However, its potential as a local water supply has gained recent attention in water-stressed areas. As climate change increases the risk of both floods and droughts in California, urban stormwater capture also offers a significant opportunity to enhance community resilience.
The newest volume in this highly regarded series, The World’s Water, Volume 9 continues to offer insights into critical global water problems, overviews of data and analysis around water use and management, and case studies of some of the greatest water challenges around the world.
“While considerable progress has been made over the past decade across all areas of development, the pace of progress observed in previous years is insufficient to fully meet the Sustainable Development Goals and targets by 2030.” -United Nations, 2017