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Water Efficiency

The Power and Potential of Improving Water Efficiency: CaliforniaToilets

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 07.09.2016 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Debates about water in California, the western U.S., and indeed, worldwide, have traditionally focused on the question of how best to further expand water supply to meet some hypothetical future increase in water demand.

What Does California's Proposition 1 Really Say?

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Voters should not expect immediate relief from Proposition 1 for the impacts of the current drought; nor should they expect these funds to be the last investment that is needed for better institutions, smarter planning, and more effective water management strategies. It can be, at best, a down payment on our water future.

While Some Lawmakers Offer Outdated Ideas for Drought, California Proves Power of Water Efficiency

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The problem in California isn't environmental safeguards. It isn't a dearth of storage capacity. It's a lack of rain. Sacrificing the Bay-Delta ecosystem and building more canals and reservoirs won't usher in the rain clouds or create more water.

Water Efficiency Saves Big Companies Millions | Posted 08.01.2013 | Green

A group of leading food and drink companies, including Heinz, Muller and Coca Cola, have curbed their water use by 16.1 per cent since 2007, saving mo...

Exporting Water in a Drought

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 10.14.2012 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

Though water is coming under pressure, we don't have a water supply problem, we have a water management problem. Consumers need to understand our water footprints and reward water-efficient goods.

Extreme Drought and its Challenges to the U.S.'s Clean Water Supply

Wm. Robert Irvin | Posted 08.10.2012 | Green
Wm. Robert Irvin

While the most extreme effects are being felt in the middle of the country, even regions that typically have greater rainfall, such as the Great Lakes, Southeast and Northeast, are also parched.

What Do You Know? Water Conservation and Efficiency Actually Work

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 08.28.2011 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

The Colorado River basin still faces a seriously difficult future as long as population continues to grow, and as climatic changes become more evident, altering streamflow volumes, timing, and quality.

Time for a "Cash for Water Clunkers" Program

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Here is a long-overdue idea for an additional piece of "stimulus" for local economies, and one that won't cost any money in the long run - indeed, it ...

Call for a "local water movement" and a New Way of Thinking About Water

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

A truly effective and successful local water movement will be complicated, not easy. It will have to be flexible, not ideological. It will require different solutions in different places.

'Water' by Steven Solomon: Southwest Water Fashions for a New Decade

William J. Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
William J. Kelly

From the increasing use of Astroturf on high school fields to no flush urinals in restaurants and stores, Southwesterners are grappling with how to meet the water challenge.