Water use solutions require consumer input

Water use solutions require consumer input: David Feldman's studies show public involved in floating ideas for conservation

Feldman, chair of planning, policy & design, studies how communities and jurisdictions deal with conflicts over water. He says problems are only solvable by enlisting American consumers who use an average of 100 to 176 gallons of water at home each day – at least 95 gallons more than the average African family.

"If we’re going to sustainably manage the resource, we’ve got to figure out a way to meet the needs of the environment at the same time we meet human demand,” he says. “To do that, you must involve public stakeholders. There has to be a lot of negotiation, bargaining and compromise. It can’t be done top-down; it has to be bottom-up because each person has a tangible role in water use." See the entire UCI feature article below: