Water Conservation

field using microirrigation to mitigate water loss

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

"The mission of the U.S. Arid Land Agricultural Research Center is to develop sustainable agricultural systems, protect natural resources, and support rural communities in arid and semi-arid regions through interdisciplinary research."

American Water Works Association.

"Intended to keep the water industry in the know about tools, issues and developments related to water conservation."

National Research Council of the National Academies.

Covers the "development of technology for inexpensive recycling of urban wastewater without adverse impacts on public health; improvement of the economic efficiency in using water in agriculture; and the development of new and innovative institutional arrangements for managing water consistent with historical antecedents and traditions of each country."

United Nations. FAO. International Programme for Technology and Research in Irrigation and Drainage.

Provides technically reliable information useful in making decisions on water conservation in agriculture.

United Nations. Food and Agriculture Organization.

Reviews water conservation "techniques which have been tested and found useful somewhere in the world, and which might be suitable for use in other conditions." Includes a section on water harvesting.

Texas Water Development Board.

Describes "practices, techniques, programs, and technologies that protect water resources, reduce the consumption of water, reduce the loss or waste of water, improve the efficiency in the use of water, or increase the recycling and reuse of water so that a water supply is made available for future or alternative uses."

Texas Water Development Board.

Outlines several "agricultural water-efficiency measures and explains how they can help save water, energy and money, and possibly even increase crop yields."