NAU researchers say water efficiency achievable with little economic impact

US West faces reckoning over water but avoids cuts for now

US West faces reckoning over water but avoids cuts for now

Arizona Daily Sun

A recent study co-authored by two Northern Arizona University researchers shows that targeted efforts to increase water efficiency could save enough water annually to fill Lake Mead.

It could also happen without significantly compromising economic production, jobs or tax revenue.

The study, published this month in Environmental Research Letters, demonstrates that there is no one right answer to increase water efficiency—rather, there are dozens of right answers depending on region, industry and company. Ben Ruddell, the director of the FEWSION Project and director of the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS) and Richard Rushforth, an assistant research professor in SICCS, are co-authors on the study. Landon Marston, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, led the study.

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