Water conservation is essential to ensuring stable water supplies and protecting our quality of life in the West.

Solutions that help the West conserve water and reduce wasted water are the cheapest, fastest and most reliable way to secure our water supplies and protect the health of rivers and lakes.

For more than 150 years in the West, farmers, miners, and cities have competed for water. Today, increasing demands on our limited water supplies are more intense than ever as the region’s population continues to grow. An outdated approach to meeting new water demands is to pull more water from already-stressed rivers and groundwater, imposing significant additional taxpayer and environmental costs.

Water conservation measures are every bit as reliable as new diversion structures, dams, and pipelines; and most often faster and cheaper to implement than these large structural projects. From implementing water re-use systems to building more water efficient homes, there’s a lot we can all do to use water more wisely and prevent more water from being removed from rivers and lakes.

Through our research and advocacy, we’re helping cities and water utilities adopt smart water conservation solutions that will stabilize water supplies today and for the future. We’re encouraging our states, cities, and water providers to adopt a goal of reducing per person (per capita) water use by 10% by 2020.