Topic “Smart Water Systems”

Smart Water Systems

Advancing technological, economic, and policy solutions to develop underutilized local water systems.

The initiative explores options for addressing the region’s drought by tapping into unused or underutilized local water sources. Specifically, researchers are investigating the feasibility of water reclamation, upgrading brackish water, and desalting seawater as options for meeting California’s future water supply.


Water reclamation, recycling, reuse, and desalination as options...
Future of Water in Southern California Summit...

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Zita L.T. Yu, J.R. DeShazo, PhD, Michael K. Stenstrom and Yoram Cohen, PhD
Zita L.T. Yu, Anditya Rahardianto, J.R. DeShazo, Michael K. Stenstrom, Yoram Cohen


As part of the IOES/Luskin lunch series on Nov. 7, 2011, Yoram Cohen, Luskin Center scholar and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, gave participants a sneak peek into the future of distributed smart water system technology, their use, and implications.

As posted in Cleantech Investment Insights, Mia Javier provides an overview of opportunities for smart water systems as well as the challenges to scaling up the companies that can bring these innovations to the market.

Luskin Center Executive Committee member H. David Nahai, former chief executive officer and general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Gretchen McClain, president of fluid and motion control at ITT Corporation, authored the following article originally published in DailyNews Los Angeles.


Developing strategies to spur renewable energy and energy efficiency in California.
Advancing technological, economic, and policy solutions to develop underutilized local water systems.
Progressing health and environmental safety assessment and protection in the field of engineered nanomaterials.
Supporting the transition to electric-drive and alternative-fuel vehicles through innovative research and decision support.
Enhancing the role of information and communications technologies in the 21st century.
Paving the way for complete, living streets that create vibrant, productive and sustainable communities.
Strengthening local governments' capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
Supporting the dissemination of clean technologies and the greening of other sectors.