May 13, 2015, 12pm PDT
When water policy and land use planning operate in separate spheres, it's more difficult to design for efficient resource use. Better communication is needed in the drought-stricken southwest.
May 1, 2015, 12pm PDT
Pricing through tiered levels (i.e., charging more for customers using higher volumes of water), will be difficult, if not impossible, thanks to the ruling of a California appeals court on April 20.
November 6, 2014, 9am PST
Recent data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) shows that the country is using less water even as its population grows.
United States Geological Survey
October 31, 2014, 10am PDT
In an effort to conserve water and prevent the expensive water importation in the future, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti recently published a new directive for city-wide water conservation.
October 9, 2014, 11am PDT
As opposed to the wasteful "Ice Bucket Challenge," 4Liters challenges individuals to experience water poverty by limiting themselves to four liters of water for 24 hours, about 1 percent of the amount an average American uses.
September 22, 2014, 1pm PDT
Laura Bliss provides a summary of the controversy surrounding plans to bring the "Slide the City" event to Temple Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles.
August 15, 2014, 7am PDT
Suburbanites facing fines from municipalities or trying to impress their neighbors have an alternative to keep their lawns shining while still saving water—spray paint.
May 19, 2013, 9am PDT
Most of us who live in major metropolitan areas know that urban water supplies are dwindling. The question is: what can we do about it?
December 12, 2012, 10am PST
The Colorado River is struggling to provide enough water for 25 million people, which could lead to water shortages and water wars in the areas that rely on its bounty. Officials are looking to find a long-term solution, reports Felicity Barringer.
August 10, 2012, 11am PDT
With a multipronged strategy, San Antonio has managed to achieve the nearly impossible - keeping water use flat while accommodating substantial growth - rightfully earning it the title "Water's Most Resourceful City," reports Mose Buchele.
March 3, 2010, 11am PST
In Orange, California, city codes require that front yards be 40% landscaping. After considerately adding drought-resistant plants and bark to save water, the city sued an Orange couple.
October 15, 2009, 11am PDT
Developers of Sterling Ranch, a proposed master-planned community in Colorado, want its future residents to curb their water use. One way they're ensuring this is by nixing traditional, lush lawns from their plans.
September 4, 2009, 5am PDT
Water saver or environmental hazard? Questions are compounding about artificial turf as more homeowners ditch their grass for fake lawns. Contradicting city policies muddy the issue in the arid Southwest.
August 9, 2009, 11am PDT
When mandatory water conservation rules took effect in Glendale, California, homeowner David Wood installed artificial turf to maintain the green front yard emblematic of the American Dream. But his new fake lawn is against the law.
August 7, 2009, 11am PDT
As water resources dwindle, golf course managers are becoming go-to experts on conservation.
May 22, 2009, 6am PDT
Underground water sensors that monitor and display moisture and soil conditions on computers are saving millions of gallons of water at golf courses.
May 20, 2009, 10am PDT
This piece from <em>Scientific American</em> looks at the jurisdictional challenge of conserving water in the cross-state Ogallala Aquifer, one of the world's largest sources of freshwater and the backbone of the nation's farm economy.
April 3, 2009, 11am PDT
An exit interview with Tom Graff, who joined Environmental Defense Fund in 1971, when the environmental movement was just getting started.
January 30, 2009, 6am PST
Cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are working together to save water and use reclaimed water for non-drinking purposes.
January 28, 2009, 1pm PST
New statistics show that the province of Manitoba throws out more, recycles less and conserves less water than any other province in Canada.