RIVERSIDE, Calif. — University of California, Riverside (UCR) researchers will use grant money to evaluate why homeowners reduce water use and which methods are most cost-effective, according to a press release.

The two researchers were awarded a $184,000 grant by the Moulton Niguel Water District (MNWD), noted the release. Kurt Schwabe and Ken Baerenklau are associate professors of environmental economics and policy at UCR’s School of Public Policy.

Schwabe and Baerenklau “will identify agency, household, environmental and community-level factors that influence water conservation decisions and outcomes among single-family residential households in the Orange County water district,” stated the release.

Titled “Analysis of Water Conservation Drivers for Effective Water Management,” the study will last two years, shared the release. “[It] will focus on current district incentives to conserve water such as turf removal, installation of synthetic turf and purchase of high-efficiency/front-load washers and high-efficiency/low-flow toilets.”

Since 1960, MNWD has provided water, recycled water and wastewater to about 170,000 people, reported the release.

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