RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Where sustainability of water management is concerned, we must pay more attention to long-term solutions. Efficient water management and policy ought to be promoted at the local level. And a “portfolio approach” to water management is encouraged, one that includes information campaigns, different types of pricing, supply and reuse options, and technology-based rebate programs, according to a press release.

These are some of the key messages that emerged from the first Urban Water Management Workshop that took place this June 2014 at the University of California in Riverside.

Sponsored by the university’s Water Science and Policy Center (WSPC) and the School of Public Policy, the workshop brought together academics from a number of research institutions and water agency officials, noted the release. Nearly 60 people participated in the workshop.

“This workshop exemplifies our mission at the School of Public Policy of working with the community, policy makers, and public agencies to come up with innovative, evidence-based solutions to the big policy challenges facing our region,” said Anil Deolalikar, the dean of the School of Public Policy and a professor of economics. “We at the School of Public Policy and the Water Science Policy Center trust that this workshop has increased our understanding of how to better manage and conserve our scarce water resources in the face of a looming drought.”

Presentations by the speakers at the workshop can be accessed here.