Published: Nicholas Irwin, Shawn McCoy, and Ian McDonough

Nicholas Irwin, Shawn McCoy, and Ian McDonough (all Economics) recently published an article, "Water in the Time of Corona(virus): The Effect of Stay-at-Home Orders on Water Demand in the Desert" in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, an A-level journal on the Lee Business School journal list. In the article, the authors found the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated stay-at-home order led to drastic decreases in commercial water usage and significant increases in residential water usage. The residential increases exceeded the declines in water usage from all other users, meaning the net-effect of the pandemic was a substantial increase in water consumption of approximately 491 million gallons per month.

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