Stay-at-Home Orders during the COVID-19 Pandemic Reduced Urban Water Use
We found that the pandemic response decreased California’s urban water use by 7.9%, which can be
largely attributed to an 11.2% decrease in the commercial, industrial, and institutional sector that more than offset a 1.4% increase in the residential sector. The influence of the stay-at-home practices on urban water use is slightly stronger than the combined influences of all non-pandemic factors. This study covers both metropolitans and suburbs; therefore, the results could also be useful for analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on water use in other urban areas.
Published Work | 2021 | Environmental Science & Technology Letters