Urban Water Conservation and Efficiency Potential in California – Issue Brief

Published: June 2014
Authors: Matthew Heberger, Heather Cooley, and Peter Gleick
Pages: 12

Issue Brief


California’s water supply is taxed by challenges such as drought, unsustainable groundwater use, and tensions over limited resources for a growing population. This “issue brief” finds that there is significant potential for improved efficiency and conservation in California’s urban water use, which accounts for one-fifth of the state’s total use. While educating water consumers and encouraging behavioral changes to reduce demand is critically important, this brief focuses on technological solutions to using water more efficiently. Taking all available steps towards water conservation and efficiency has long- and short-term economic, social, and ecological benefits for California.

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