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More than one billion people lack safe drinking water, and freshwater is being depleted rapidly.
The Stanford Woods Institute is finding practical ways to meet growing demand for freshwater, both in developed and developing nations, including the use of recycled water and water resources. Stanford researchers are also looking at ways to protect groundwater, restore degraded waterways, improve water-use efficiency and reduce the impact of agriculture and other land uses on water systems.
Research Centers and Programs
Building on water supply research conducted in India and Mexico, Global Freshwater Initiative researchers are developing strategies to promote the long-term viability of freshwater supplies for people and ecosystems threatened by climate change, shifts in land use, increasing population and decaying infrastructure.
The western United States needs water systems that are sustainable from economic, ecological, political, institutional, equitable, scientific and legal points of view. The Water in the West program addresses multiple dimensions of realistic, integrated solutions to the region’s water challenges. The program’s current projects include sustainable groundwater, water and energy, watershed...
Working with partners in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, Stanford researchers with the Program on Water, Health & Development are identifying ways to improve and increase the sustainability of water supply and sanitation service delivery, while also enhancing capacity for sustainable water and wastewater management in developing countries.
Environmental Venture Projects
News & Press Releases
In California, dry years coupled with warm conditions are more likely to lead to severe drought than dry, cool years, and the probability of warm and dry conditions coinciding is likely to increase under human-caused climate change. Warm conditions reduce snowfall, increase snowmelt and increase water loss from soils and plants.
By Ker Than,
Senior Research Scientist Newsha Ajami (Water in the West) / Director of Urban Water Policy in the Water in the West program states that decision makers should have taken aggressive measures to reduce consumption and leakage months ago, rather than pursuing megaprojects to address the problem.
By Simon Romero,