Center for Urban Water Resilience

About Us

The Center for Urban Water Resilience exists to build a bridge between students and community, society and technology, present and future.  A resilient water supply is a supply that has the capacity to respond to and recover from significant multi-hazard threats with minimum damage to public safety and health, the economy, and security. The urban environment lends to issues associated with densely populated areas such as large amounts of pollution from a variety of sources including industrial discharges, mobile sources (e.g., cars/trucks), residential/commercial wastewater, trash and polluted storm water runoff from urban landscapes.  In Los Angeles, the problems with our urban waters are unique compared to other environments.  Local groundwater provides only minimal amounts of drinking water. In fact, historically up to 87% of Los Angeles' water has been imported. Continued water shortages throughout the state, our unprecedented drought, combined with greater mitigation of natural systems providing water to Los Angeles, and concerns associated with global climate change have created a convergence of far reaching impacts. Our efforts will create social connectivity to the problems of urban waters and develop a better understanding of the hydro-social implications of living in an urban environment.