Erfan Goharian, PhD candidate in water resource management at University of Utah, presented the comparison of future water resource system responses in Las Vegas (LV) and Salt Lake City (SLC) in 2015 UCOWR/NIWR/CUAHSI Conference. In collaboration with University of Nevada – Las Vegas, he evaluated the future tradeoffs among water supply and demand under growing population and climate change in these two cities. “Water conservation is investigated as one of the solution in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas to mitigate the impact of population growth and climate change. The result of our study shows, in both systems, if no further demand management policies are implemented the current water supply budget would not be able to meet future demands. Although, the Las Vegas’ water system is much more vulnerable than Salt Lake City’s system, SLC’s water supply system will fail in a longer time period,” said Erfan Goharian. The 2015 Annual Conference of the Universities Council on Water Resources, the National Institutes for Water Resources, and the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science was held June 16-18 in Henderson, NV, with the message of “Water is Not for Gambling”.
PhD student, Hassan Tavakol-Davani, will work as a Management Intern at the Department of Transportation and Stormwater of the City of San Diego. He will help the City with developing the stormwater data relational databases, as well as sampling and testing stormwater quality to keep the city in compliance with its NPDES permit.
About the Urban Water Group
The Urban Water Group at the University of Utah addresses problems related to urban water resources and water infrastructure systems including water supply, stormwater management, flood control, and wastewater management. The group is led by Dr. Steve Burian and Dr. Christine Pomeroy and consists of more than 15 full-time and part-time graduate and undergraduate students. The group conducts research using a range of computational resources, a green infrastructure research facility, analytical wet lab space, and a network of green infrastructure and urban hydrology study sites in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area.
The Urban Water Group at the University of Utah is very involved with the Global Change and Sustainability Center (GCSC) and the USAID-funded Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (PCASW) and seeks to develop interdisciplinary research and teaching activities related to water in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Steve Burian is currently serving as the Associate Director of GCSC and the Project Director of PCASW.