Who’s really using up the water in the American West?

Vox  Sep 26, 2022

Hint: water scarcity in the Western US has more to do with our diets than our lawns.

The Western United States is currently battling the most severe drought in thousands of years. A mix of bad water management policies and man made climate change has created a situation where water supplies in Western reservoirs are so low, states are being forced to cut their water use.

It’s not hard to find media coverage that focuses on the excesses of residential water use: long showers, swimming pools, lawn watering, at-home car washes. Or in the business sector, like irrigating golf courses or pumping water into hotel fountains in Las Vegas.

But when a team of researchers looked at water use in the West, they uncovered a very different story about where most Western water goes. Their findings may hold the solution to dwindling water supplies in the West.

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