News & Insights: Urban Water

Get insights and analysis from Water in the West researchers as well as the latest news about new Stanford water research and events focusing on western water issues.

June 01, 2023  | Water in the West  | Insights

Brennecke Gale

Stanford’s Felicia Marcus discusses grand-scale climate adaptation projects with experts from three major urban areas: Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and New York City.

October 27, 2021  | Water in the West  | News

Rob Jordan

Stanford water experts discuss lessons learned from previous droughts, imperatives for infrastructure investment and pathways for the state to achieve dramatically better conservation and reuse of its most precious resource.

April 26, 2021  | Smart Water Magazine  | News

An op-ed in Smart Water Magazine from Newsha Ajami outlines three transformation ideas to consider as communities rebound from the pandemic, address recent infrastructure failures and plan for the future.

November 18, 2020  | Water in the West  | News

Michelle Horton

New Stanford research uses Zillow and census data combined with machine learning to identify residential water consumption based on housing characteristics. The approach could help cities better understand water use and design water-efficient communities.

March 22, 2020  | Water, Health & Development  | News

Michelle Horton

Stanford researchers are working to meet global water needs.

March 11, 2020  | Water in the West  | News

Michelle Horton

New Stanford research employs a machine learning model to help water utilities identify consumption patterns and inform conservation actions. 

September 03, 2019  | Water in the West  | Insights

Michelle Horton

In the face of climate impacts, aging infrastructure, growing populations and depleted groundwater, a diverse water portfolio may quench the thirst of California’s future water needs.

June 06, 2019  | Water in the West  | News

Karly Chin

A new study analyzes patterns of urban irrigation and vegetation health during extreme drought. Its findings could inform urban water conservation and water infrastructure development under climate pressures.

May 10, 2019  | Woods Institute for the Environment  | Insights

Karly Chin


California struggles to deliver safe drinking water to millions of residents. The challenges – often complex issues at the interface of human, legislative, technical, and geological dimensions – resist easy answers. Stanford experts explored possible ways forward at a recent panel discussion in Sacramento.

November 30, 2018  | Water in the West  | Insights

Insight on Integrated Water Resource Management and the rise of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus.