Reducing Future Water Demand through Landscaping / /
The Treasure Valley is expected to need an additional 733,000 acre feet of water by 2060 for its development needs. Landscaping uses roughly 81,000 acre feet of water. If new landscaping methods were used then the area’s water needs can be limited. This research will examine the non-price influences on nonagricultural water demand in the Boise Nampa MSA. This category of water use includes residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers. We will explore possible policy options to mitigate the area’s rising water usage, with emphasis on water used in landscaping. We intend to present monetized costs and benefits of water conservation efforts in the Boise-Nampa MSA. We expect to show that the water savings from certain water conservation practices could reduce this metro area’s future water demand growth by a substantial amount.