Addressing governance and infrastructure unlocks water self-sufficiency in Los Angeles

January 9, 2019

UCLA climate scientists in collaboration with researchers from the University of Utah and the Colorado School of Mines published a paper adapting urban water systems to manage scarcity in the 21st Century in the journal Environmental Management. The paper argues that it is important for the public to recognize the role played by sociotechnical systems in creating resource availability and scarcity. Recognizing this role of the systems better positions cities/regions to address scarcity issues – particularly important for Los Angeles and Cape Town.

Read the article to see the recommended changes in system governance and infrastructure investments that position LA for water self-reliance; such approaches may serve as a template for replication.

The paper was co-written by a team of researchers including:


Stephanie Pincetl (Institute of the Environment and Sustainability)

Katie Mika (Institute of the Environment and Sustainability)

Tom Gillespie (Department of Geography)

Erik Porse (Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and California State University, Sacramento: Office of Water Programs)

Mark Gold (Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Sustainable LA Grand Challenge leader)

University of Utah

Elizaveta Litvak (Department of Biology)
Diane E. Pataki (Department of Biology)

Colorado School of Mines

Kimberly F. Manago (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Terri S. Hogue (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Read more at UCLA Newsroom and Environmental Management.