Water and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Equity Dimensions of Utility Disconnections in the U.S.July 2, 2020 | publication
Water is essential to public health. While the vast majority of American households served by water utilities receive a reliable supply of high-quality drinking water, there remain homes where water and wastewater services have been shut off or disconnected due to non-payment.
Water and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ensuring Access to Water as Shutoff Moratoriums LiftJuly 2, 2020 | publication
The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic sparked a nationwide discussion around the practice of water utilities disconnecting service to households that are unable or fail to pay their bills, as this places affected households and their communities at greater risk of transmitting COVID-19.
Incorporating Multiple Benefits into Water Projects: A Guide for Water ManagersJune 28, 2020 | publication
Adapting to climate change, coupled with the need to address aging infrastructure, population growth, and degraded ecosystems, requires significant investment in natural and built water systems. These investments present a significant opportunity to support not only water, but to provide economic, social, and environmental benefits.
Scaling Green Stormwater Infrastructure Through Multiple Benefits in Austin, Texas: Distributed Rainwater Capture on Residential Properties in the Waller Creek WatershedJune 28, 2020 | publication
The City of Austin, Texas is facing an increasingly uncertain water future, from decreasing water supplies and more intense droughts to periodic flooding and water quality impairments. Austin is addressing these challenges head on, from investments in water efficiency and water reuse to rainwater harvesting and stormwater management.
Urban and Agricultural Water Use in California, 1960 -2015June 22, 2020 | publication
Water is the lifeblood of California, providing for the household needs of 40 million people and supporting one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, various commercial and industrial activities, and the health and viability of the state’s aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
Water and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Reopening Buildings After Shutdowns: Reducing Water-Related Health RisksJune 5, 2020 | publication
Under normal conditions, the flow of tap water through building water systems prevents the buildup of bacteria and metals in pipes, and hot water tanks. But after a period of shutdown, like during the coronavirus pandemic, stagnant water may breed bacteria...
Op-Ed: No COVID-19 Models Are Perfect, But Some Are UsefulMay 19, 2020 | publication
The global coronavirus pandemic has brought renewed interest and focus on scientific models as we try to get a handle on what the future will bring, how many people will fall sick and die, what the economic impacts will be, and what actions politicians should take.
The Impact of Using Low-Saline Oilfield Produced Water for Irrigation on Water and Soil Quality in CaliforniaMay 12, 2020 | publication
In California, drought and a reduction in natural water availability in recent decades have led to a search for alternative water sources for agriculture. One controversial potential source is oilfield produced water, a byproduct of oil extraction.
Op-Ed: Opportunities Are Plentiful to Sustain California Agriculture in the Face of Water Supply UncertaintiesApril 27, 2020 | publication
Nationally, we export about $40 billion of agricultural products annually. There is nothing wrong with importing or exporting food; we live in a global economy, which is extremely important to California’s prosperity.
Mapping Public Water Management: Proof of ConceptApril 25, 2020 | publication
What cannot be measured cannot be managed. Poor water management poses major risks to agriculture, industry, and local communities. However, there is a critical lack of information available about local water conditions, making better management difficult.
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