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I am a civil engineer at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, interested in water resource management, particularly in drought-prone urban areas such as Southern California.
Outdoor watering of lawns accounts for about half of single-family residential potable water demand in the arid southwest United States. Consequently, many water utilities in the region offer customers cash rebates to replace lawns with drought tolerant landscaping. Here we present a parcel-scale analysis of water savings achieved by a “cash-for-gr...
With growing water scarcity worldwide, reclaimed wastewater is an increasingly attractive option for meeting household water demand, especially in urban areas. However, reluctance by households to use treated wastewater persists. In this article, we discuss the ‘yuck factor,’ health risk concerns, and cost considerations, which are key obstacles to...
In this $1.9M grant from the UC Office of the President, we will investigate research and practice innovations needed to put the five southern UC campuses (UCI, UCLA, UCSD, UCR, and UCSB) on a path toward "water neutral", by which we mean that most or all stormwater runoff generated by the campuses will be captured and used for potable substitution, green infrastructure, and energy storage (more information at: https://news.uci.edu/research/ucis-stanley-grant-to-lead-1-9-million-uc-effort-to-become-stormwater-neutral/).
This NSF-funded Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) catalyzes, through research and education, the development and deployment of low-energy approaches for improving water productivity while protecting human and ecosystem health. The project links five different universities in two water-stressed regions of the world (southwest U.S. and southeast Australia) that have unique and complementary expertise in the development and deployment of rainwater tanks, biofilters, and wastewater recycling for potable substitution and watershed protection.