Water Policy Program

As populations grow and the climate changes, competition for water resources is increasing.

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions’ Water Policy Program is an interdisciplinary effort focused on the long-term viability of water quantity and quality, both with regard to humans’ basic water needs and water infrastructure.

Researchers are working on projects that promote water efficiency. They are analyzing how human behaviors influence water use and supplies by studying habits of military base occupants in comparison to their civilian counterparts, as well as using smart grid technology to address increasing water scarcity. Work also centers on waterway protection and restoration, ensuring regular water flows keep ecosystems intact and functioning.  

Internationally, in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley, research is underway to combat high-fluoride levels in drinking water—responsible for dental and skeletal diseases—and further analyze how people could best respond to changes in the regions climate.