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Water 2017, 9(3), 214; doi:10.3390/w9030214

Economic Insight from Utah’s Water Efficiency Supply Curve

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Department of Applied Economics, Utah State University, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA
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Undergraduate Researchers, Utah State University, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA
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Academic Editor: Kristiana Hansen
Received: 27 October 2016 / Revised: 19 January 2017 / Accepted: 6 March 2017 / Published: 13 March 2017
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Across the western US, growing populations and urbanization along with environmental demands and a changing climate have strained water allocation mechanisms originally designed to provide water to agriculture. This paper provides a methodology, using Utah as an example, for examining the options for new water supply via conservation, interpretable by policymakers, water agencies, and water users. Findings indicate that the largest potential water savings, at the lowest cost, are in agriculture and outdoor residential water use, where more efficient applications can maintain the acreage of crops and lawns at current levels while dramatically reducing use. View Full-Text
Keywords: water efficiency; conservation; water rights; water markets water efficiency; conservation; water rights; water markets
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Edwards, E.C.; Bosworth, R.C.; Adams, P.; Baji, V.; Burrows, A.; Gerdes, C.; Jones, M. Economic Insight from Utah’s Water Efficiency Supply Curve. Water 2017, 9, 214.

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