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ASU researchers aim to shift water dialogue away from scarcity

Arizonans are no strangers to the water scarcity debate.

In the desert Southwest, the word “water” can spark serious debate, and for good reason. Lake Mead’s bathtub ring reminds us that this precious resource is limited for the seven Western states — including Arizona — that rely on the Colorado River. That visual spurs talk about extreme conservation, or tapping unused water sources like seawater in the Gulf of Mexico.

“This generation is very much concerned about where food comes from and how they connect to the food. This view about food helps build community, it gives a feeling of place,” Aggarwal says.

Aggarwal says there could be an opportunity for smart water solutions in small urban farms that also support dense, connected and healthy communities with better access to a local food supply, instead of relying on imported food.

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