Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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Thirsty for Information: Nine Economic Facts about Water in the United States

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Thirsty for Information: Nine Economic Facts about Water in the United States

October 20, 2014

Author:
Hamilton Project Staff

The Hamilton Project presents a series of facts that provide relevant background to the water crisis in
the United States, focusing on critical supply and demand issues. This set of facts aims to provide an objective,
economic framing to the complex landscape of the water crisis and America’s relationship with water. The first
section, “The Occurrence of Drought in the United States,” reviews the landscape of water supply and demand.
The next section, “The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy,” describes various economic industries that
rely heavily on water. The final section, “Economic Barriers to Efficient Uses of Water,” presents several
challenges to effective water management.