The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Land Cover, Urban Form, and Water Use in Salt Lake City

Land Cover, Urban Form, and Water Use in Salt Lake City, Utah

Rapidly growing cities are predicted to stress limited water resources, particularly for many arid regions. The CEPD is exploring the relationship between water consumption and urbanization processes—a relationship that extends beyond population growth to the form of the built environment. Through fixed effects linear regression analysis, this study uncovered that compact urban form and zoning (including high-density zoning, mixed land use, and particular urban design elements such as less lawn area) contribute to lower water use. In other words, compact urban form and zoning not only have transit and public health implications, but also can be used as water conservation tools. Read more about this study’s findings, published in Stoker and Rothfeder (2014): “Drivers of urban water use.”

August 26, 2016