Study Sites

Our research project is designed around a sectoral analysis of global desalination and water reuse in several case studies: 

  • San Antonio, El Paso and Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Southern California
  • Perth, Australia
  • Tel Aviv, Israel

Each case faces contemporary and projected water scarcity due to increased growth and projected climate change, and represents diverse strategies and governance landscape that influence the roll-out of unconventional urban water source development. Moreover, these cases reflect the common practice of desalination and water reuse operating in conjunction with one another, underscoring the need to study the interaction of these systems in urban water security plans rather than in isolation.


El Paso El Paso is a city of more than 600,000 people on the Mexican border and it shares both the Rio Grande River and groundwater with Ciudad Juárez in Mexico. It only receives an average of 10 inches of…


San Diego Desalination The nation’s largest seawater desalination plant opened in Carlsbad, California, ten miles from San Diego. The Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant is capable of producing 50 million gallons of freshwater per day using reverse osmosis technology.…


Perth is the fourth-largest city in Australia at 2 million people, and experienced more than 28% population growth between 2006 and 2016. It’s the capital and largest city of Western Australia.  Water Corporation is the principal supplier of water, wastewater…


Israel’s water is managed nationally by Mekorot Water, a government owned corporation that deals with the management, production and supply of water, effluent reclamation, and brackish water desalination. Mekorot supplies an estimated 80% of Israel’s drinking water and 70% of…