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Store It or Conserve It?

New Research Takes In-Depth Look at How to Handle Water Supply and Demand

MILWAUKEE, July 7, 2015 - There is a growing debate about how to handle a growing water crisis worldwide. Should water be stored in dams and reservoirs, or should strict conservation measures be taken to create a better situation for the future?

This is an especially important debate in water-strapped California. But what if storage and conservation could co-exist?

That is the focus of “Water Storage Capacities versus Conservation Efficiency: Substitutes or Compliments?”, a study by Yang Xie and David Zilberman of the University of California, Berkeley.

“Many policy debates considered these two approaches to be substitutes,” the authors say. “We suspect that this intuition might not be universally true.”

Looking at short and long-term solutions, the research will be presented July 28th as part of the 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.


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