"Why do you ask me to conserve water and then raise my rates?" This question is frequently asked by water customers, often without a clear answer from utilities except to say that water rates would be higher today without conservation.
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Brown Bag Seminar - Plugging into WEST: Researchers, Industry, and Arizonans Benefit by Connecting with the UA Water and Energy Sustainable Technology Center
In 2016 WEST became the most recently established RDI "Institutional-level" Center at the University of Arizona. Such Centers are initiated to provide unique infrastructure or technological capabilities to the UA personnel on campus.
Brown Bag Seminar - Transforming Wastewater to Drinking Water: How Two Agencies Collaborated to Build the World’s Largest Indirect Potable Reuse Project
In the early 2000’s, two Orange County agencies faced some challenges. The Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) needed to replace on ocean outfall for treated sewer water that would cost millions of dollars.
WRRC Brown Bag - Getting to Water Security
Water Security remains an ambiguous concept with an uncharted path to achievement. Water is an essential resource to our survival and to the pursuit of our livelihoods.
WRRC Conference 2017 - Registration Now Open!
The 2017 WRRC Annual Conference, Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona: A Fresh Perspective, will be held on March 28 at the University of Arizona Student Union. Arizona is facing the challenge of water demands outstripping supplies. Do we have enough water to sustain agricultural demands as our population grows, the Colorado River water supply-demand gap increases, and depletion threatens our groundwater aquifers? What are the specific challenges faced by irrigated agriculture in Arizona, and what advances have been made in agricultural technologies to address these challenges? Join us as we discuss and debate our options, including water conservation, changing crop mixes, and alternative water sources. Outside-of-the-box collaborative thinking is essential to pave the way for Arizonans to move into our future water reality.
Special Brown Bag - Written On Water: A Modern Tale of a Dry West
The WRRC will recognize Groundwater Awareness Week with an on-campus screening of Written on Water: A Modern Tale of a Dry West.
Brown Bag Seminar - Implementing California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and Other Innovative Water Solutions
The Sonoma County Water Agency, located in California about forty miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, supplies drinking water to 600,000 residents in Sonoma and Marin Counties and provides wastewater and flood control services.
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The University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center is offering a summer internship to a student interested in gaining experience writing about environmental and water issues. The selected intern will contribute to research and writing for an issue of Arroyo, the annual WRRC publication that focuses on a critical Arizona water issue. Arroyo is recognized as source of objective, accurate and understandable information and reaches a wide audience that includes policy makers and water professionals as well as the interested public.
ThinkWater recently announced the selection of 10 leaders in water education, outreach, and extension to be ThinkWater Fellows for 2017-18. Dr. Grant Weinkam, Research Analyst, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, was among the list of new fellows selected from the many outstanding applications from candidates across the country. As a member of the new ThinkWater fellowship Weinkam will interact with others engaged with water-related issues and learn a proven method for teaching the universal rules underlying systems thinking suitable for all ages and populations. Drs.
The deadline is approaching to apply for the WRRC summer internship—an internship designed for students interested in gaining experience writing about environmental and water issues. The selected intern will contribute to research and writing for an issue of Arroyo, the annual WRRC publication that focuses on a critical Arizona water issue. This year's topic is Arizona’s irrigated agriculture. It will look at the many issues of associate with agricultural water use, water rights, efficiency and conservation, and participation in solving water supply challenges.
ANNOUNCEMENT: TRAVEL SUPPORT OPPORTUNITY for UA FACULTY (provided by the International Arid Lands Consortium)
The March 28th Water Resources Research Center Annual Conference poster session provided a unique opportunity for UA students to showcase their research and interact with the diverse mix of conference participants. Among the posters presenters were two WRRC student research assistants, Erin Gray and Bailey Kennett. Although their research areas related to water are quite different, both found the opportunity a rewarding platform to engage with water sector professionals.
On March 28, 2017, approximately 325 people traveled to the University of Arizona Student Union for the WRRC Annual Conference, Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona: A Fresh Perspective.
A new web map that illustrates the University of Arizona’s commitment to sustainability is now available thanks to a partnership among the UA Office of Sustainability; Planning, Design and Construction; and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Communications and Cyber Technologies division. The map pinpoints sites, such as rainwater harvesting installations, solar panels, and recycling opportunities, as well as projects and programs that promote sustainability on campus.