The Biggest U.S. Population Gains Are In Drought-Stricken Counties

57 percent of the country’s total population growth since 2000 has occurred in counties with some degree of drought. Many agencies in these regions are doing what they can to conserve and recycle water, with mandated usage cuts, special rate structures, tax rebates, educational outreach, and new technologies. But water infrastructure isn’t the only kind of planning these bone-dry, booming counties badly need. As they grow, they’ve got to grow “smart,” with an emphasis on density. Among all kinds of other benefits, dense development will help mitigate water consumption.

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