Fifty-five percent of the world’s populations lives in cities, and that number is expected to reach 68 percent by 2050. As the world population becomes increasingly urban, the need and opportunity for innovative, forward-thinking urban water solutions is growing. Our smart urban water solutions provide multiple benefits, creating resilient urban centers while contributing to ecosystem health and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Pacific Institute is at the forefront of exploring sustainable water solutions for urban centers around the world, demonstrating the value of water-use efficiency and alternative water supplies, such as rainwater, stormwater, and water reuse. In addition to advancing water sustainability, these strategies provide multiple benefits. Reducing unnecessary water withdrawals has tangible benefits to fish and other wildlife in our rivers and estuaries and leaves more water in reservoirs and aquifers for future use. In addition, improving water efficiency and reducing waste can save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower water and wastewater treatment costs, and eliminate the need for costly new infrastructure.
While communities around the world are now implementing these strategies, far more can and should be done. Our research gives communities the knowledge and tools they need to implement smart water strategies.