Droughts are already a recurring feature in California, and climate change will make water supplies even less reliable. Changes in procuring water supplies will impact not only water agencies and household water bills, but also the energy grid. To prepare for these shifts, we need a more resilient, local water supply. Multi-pronged strategies to achieve this include decreasing imported water demand through water conservation or local markets and increasing local water supply through water recycling and expanded capture and use of stormwater.

The Luskin Center for Innovation (LCI) conducts research to expand local water opportunities, such as through the following projects.