How Has Residential Per Capita Water Consumption in California Changed Between 1994–2019?

Juhee Lee, Mehdi Nemati, and Ariel Dinar

from ARE Update Vol. 24, No. 5, May/Jun, 2021

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Abstract

Residential water consumption (gallons per capita per day) in California fell dramatically in the past three decades. These reductions are the result of various water-conservation policies and other efforts by state and local water managers. In this article, we describe California’s major droughts and conservation policies between 1976 and 2020. We then estimate the reductions in residential water consumption from 1994 to 2019 and show how they vary by time, location, and water agency characteristics.

Keywords

Water agencies, urban water, regulations, conservation, efficiency

Citation

Juhee Lee, Mehdi Nemati, and Ariel Dinar. "How Has Residential Per Capita Water Consumption in California Changed Between 1994–2019?" ARE Update 24(5)(2021):5-8. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
https://giannini.ucop.edu/filer/file/1624402747/20073/