Water Use

Shasta Lake

Californians Struggle To Cut Water Use

The state is slowly starting to curb water consumption, but progress has been ‘disappointingly slow’ as water supplies across the West diminish to historic lows.

July 12, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

potable water fire hydrant

How Most Western Cities Decreased Water Usage While Growing In Population

Regulation and incentivization helped cities in the Western United States keep water usage and population growth on opposite trend lines.

November 2, 2020 - KNAU NPR

Pinal County Arizona

Insufficient Groundwater for Arizona County's Planned Development

New projections for Pinal County in Arizona show that water demand will exceed the area’s supply.

October 24, 2019 - Arizona Republic


Albuquerque Exceeds Water Conservation Goals

The city says water conservation programs and customer cutbacks have resulted in a drop in water usage.

October 4, 2019 - Albuquerque Journal

Los Angeles River

Concrete’s Contribution to the Rise and Decline of Civilization

As the world becomes more encased in concrete, the detrimental effects of its widespread use are increasing in scale and severity.

March 17, 2019 - The Guardian

Harbor Beach Power Plant

Generating Thermal Energy Requires Water, Lots of It

Water is an important part of the thermal energy process – one that we may not think as much about.

September 5, 2018 - Quartz

Sprinkler Sprawl

As Drought Returns to Texas, Report Recommends Stricter Rules on Outdoor Water Use

A report from a coalition of nonprofits recommends, among other restrictions, allowing outdoor watering only twice per week.

May 5, 2018 - The Texas Tribune

Desert Rain

Let's Talk Water

Water has been an integral part of the designed landscape for centuries, but is it time to reevaluate its relevance?

January 12, 2016 - Mark Hough

The Passaic River: A Postindustrial River Reimagined

Writer Jeff Byles chronicles the Passaic River's relationship to Paterson, New Jersey and how its revival can prove beneficial for the city in this second installment of the Paterson series.

July 8, 2015 - Doggerel

Water Dripping

What Droughts Say About Planners and Water Officials

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 13, 2015 - Next City

An Interactive Map of California's Urban Water Use

California has commenced new water use reporting requirements, which the Pacific Institute has compiled into an interactive map and database to provide accessible evidence about where the state's water goes.

January 23, 2015 - Pacific Institute

recycled greywater

U.S. Water Use Hits 45-Year Low

Recent data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) shows that the country is using less water even as its population grows.

November 6, 2014 - United States Geological Survey

'Droughtshaming' and the Death of Fun

Laura Bliss provides a summary of the controversy surrounding plans to bring the "Slide the City" event to Temple Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles.

September 22, 2014 - CityLab

Deep Flaws Found in California's Water Use Reporting

The special status of "senior rights holders" among California water interests is well documented. Not as well documented is the system which allows errors in water use reports to protect the interests of a fortunate few.

May 27, 2014 - Associated Press

Historic Drought Offers Historic Opportunity

Charles Fishman pens an opinion piece for The New York Times arguing that America's worst drought since the 1950s offers "an opportunity to tackle long-ignored water problems and to reimagine how we manage, use and even think about water."

August 19, 2012 - The New York Times

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