APRIL 2024


New Pacific Institute Pilot Project Finds Significant Water and Cost Savings from Innovative Toilet Leak Detection in Affordable Multifamily Housing

A Pacific Institute-led leak detection pilot project in eight affordable multifamily properties in Los Angeles reveals that 51% of toilet water use was lost to leaks. As water crises worsen across the United States, it is critical to invest in innovative opportunities to reduce water waste and improve water resilience.

These findings and more are unpacked in the new report, "Saving Water and Money Through Toilet Leak Detection: A Los Angeles Case Study in Affordable Multifamily Housing" authored by Pacific Institute researchers Cora Snyder, Dr. Sonali Abraham, and Dr. Christine Curtis.


Pacific Institute Releases Issue Brief on Climate Change and Rural Water for Frontline Communities in the Southwest United States

In the face of escalating climate challenges in the US Southwest, the Pacific Institute new issue brief highlights a critical, yet often overlooked, aspect of climate change: its profound impact on water access and quality for rural frontline communities.

Authored by Dr. Shannon McNeeley, Jackie Rigley, and Dr. Rachel Will, the issue brief highlights the intensifying threats of droughts, extreme heat, flooding, and wildfires in the region, focusing on rural frontline communities including Hispanic, Latino, and Indigenous populations.


CEO Water Mandate and Partners Launch New Assessment Framework for Water Utilities

The CEO Water Mandate (a partnership between the UN Global Compact and Pacific Institute), Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, and WaterValue are proud to launch the “Water Resilience Assessment Framework: Guidance for Water Utilities.” This framework, the second in the series, empowers utilities to embark on a journey of resilience-building, enabling them to not only survive but thrive in the face of climate stressors and other uncertainties.

The guidance provides pathways for:

  • Understanding an organization’s state of resilience
  • Developing a resilience strategy and taking appropriate resilience actions
  • Identifying resilience indicators to measure progress


WASH Pledge Offers Opportunity for Companies to Contribute to SDG 6

The WASH4work initiative, hosted by the CEO Water Mandate announced that from January to March 2024, 95 companies around the world have signed the WASH Pledge. The WASH Pledge signals a company’s commitment to taking action towards providing universal access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) across its operations, supply chains, and the communities where they operate.


Pacific Institute Celebrates World Water Day

At the Pacific Institute, every day is World Water Day.

This World Water Day, the theme "Water for Peace" spotlighted how water can be at the center of peacebuilding. Our work provides evidence-based research to catalyze the transformation to water resilience by 2030. And more specifically, our water conflict research is part of a wide breadth of work situated at the intersection of water, justice, and peace.

Learn more about where we've been and what lies ahead in a new blog written by Pacific Institute thought leaders.


Watch the Recording of Pacific Institute Latest Webinar on the Untapped Potential of Urban Stormwater Runoff in the US

Last month, panelists from the Pacific Institute, 2NDNATURE, and Barr Engineering had an insightful discussion about our recent report, "Untapped Potential: An Assessment of Urban Stormwater Runoff Potential in the United States."

The webinar highlighted community perspectives on stormwater runoff, report findings, stormwater opportunities in coastal areas and around the country, and recommendations for regulatory guidelines, governance, and future research.


New Report from CEO Water Mandate Signatories Explores Integrating a Watershed Health Approach in Business

New report from CEO Water Mandate signatories explores integrating a watershed health approach in business. Using a case study from The Coca-Cola Company, it outlines the company's sustainability goals and application of the CEO Water Mandate's guidance in prioritized locations. Additionally, it discusses water resource management programs to help communities adapt to climate change impacts.


Guides for Benefit Accounting of Nature-Based Solutions for Watersheds

The Pacific Institute and CEO Water Mandate are a part of an ongoing effort to develop a standardized method, guidance, and tool to identify, account for, and value the stacked water, carbon, biodiversity, and socio-economic benefits of NBS for watersheds.

Resources include:

  • Stakeholder Engagement Guidelines
  • Benefit Accounting of Nature-Based Solutions for Watersheds Guide Version 2
  • An Analysis of the Multiple Benefits of Seven Nature-Based Solutions Focused Corporate Watershed Projects


Pacific Institute Researchers Present at US WASH Convening in Washington, D.C.

Pacific Institute Senior Researchers Dr. Shannon McNeeley and Morgan Shimabuku will be speaking at the US WASH Convening in Washington, D.C., May 7-9.


The pair will be leading the session "WASH Access and Climate Change for Frontline Communities." This session is co-convened with DigDeep and members from frontline communities. This session will provide an overview of six key climate change impacts to water and sanitation systems in the US and the laws and policies that govern these systems and guide their preparation and response.


Recap: Pacific Institute Researchers Featured at Water Conservation Showcase

Pacific Institute researchers were featured at the Water Conservation Showcase in San Ramon, California, USA.

  • Heather Cooley, Pacific Institute Director of Research, spoke on water efficiency
  • Dr. Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute Senior Fellow and Co-Founder highlighted his recent book, "The Past, Present, and Future of Water" in the keynote speech
  • Dr. Sonali Abraham, Pacific Institute Senior Researcher, featured our latest report "Saving Water and Money Through Toilet Leak Detection"

This event is a yearly gathering of advocates, researchers, business leaders, product manufacturers, and government officials to address the most pressing water challenges facing the state of California.


Recap: Pacific Institute Researcher Featured at Global Water Summit

Todd Player, Digital Technology Program Manager for the Pacific Institute and the CEO Water Mandate was featured at the Global Water Summit in London.

He highlighted the Nature-Based Solutions Benefits Explorer Version 2.

The NBS Benefits Explorer, part of the Water Action Hub (a suite of digital tools for corporate water stewardship), is designed to serve as a key starting point for organizations looking to invest in nature-based solutions.



The world's most influential media outlets frequently turn to the Pacific Institute to provide expert, science-based insights on water challenges and solutions. Here are just a few of the media highlights from the past month.

The Colorado Sun

Are Low-Water Crops a Realistic Way to Cut back on Colorado Water Use? 10 Southwestern Farmers Are Trying to Find Out.

Epoch Times

California's Snowpack Above Average for April

Los Angeles Times

California Doubles State Water Project Allocation Thanks to February Storms

Los Angeles Times

California's Snowpack is Healthy, but Our Water System Needs Some Help

Mercury News

Opinion: The Fallacy Behind California’s Rollback of Water Conservation Rules

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