COVID-19 and Urban Water Consumption

Mehdi Nemati

from ARE Update Vol. 24, No. 1, Sep/Oct, 2020

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This article examines the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on water usage in California, using anonymized customer water consumption daily data from a mid-sized city in Northern California (City). Results suggest increases in residential use and reductions in non-residential use. However, from June 2020, daily usage became stable and similar to the 2018–2019 levels.


California, CII, economic activities, real-time analysis, residential, schools


Mehdi Nemati. 2020. "COVID-19 and Urban Water Consumption." ARE Update 24(1): 9-11. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.