Water Service Disconnections in California

Published: October 2018


When a person fails to pay their water utility bill, their water service can be disconnected. Lack of water in the home compromises health, and renders housing legally uninhabitable and untenantable. Shutoffs also pose a financial burden; in addition to the original debt, there are usually fees associated with late payment, notice of an impending shutoff, and service reconnection.

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Water, Security, and Conflict

Published: August 2018


This issue brief summarizes the current understanding of water and security threats and their links to conflict, migration, and food insecurity.

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Stormwater Capture in California: Innovative Policies and Funding Opportunities

Published: June 2018


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.

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The World’s Water, Volume 9

Published: February 2018


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.

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Commentary: Cape Town Is Running out of Water. Could More Cities Be Next?

Published: February 2018


After more than three years of severe drought, Cape Town, a city of nearly 4 million people, is running out of water. “Day Zero”—the day city officials estimate the water system will be unable to provide drinking water for the taps—is less than three months away, and substantial rains are not expected before then.

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