Research Overview

CONSERVE is investigating new sources of safe and sustainable irrigation water. To do this, we have assembled a comprehensive team of researchers and educators who collaborate across disciplines, schools, and state boundaries with the mission of creating transformative, on-farm water treatment solutions that enable the safe use of non-traditional irrigation water sources on food crops.

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Nontraditional Irrigation Water Sources

Evaluate the availability (quantity and quality) of nontraditional irrigation water sources that can be used to conserve groundwater.

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Societal Context

Identify the social, behavioral, economic and regulatory factors that impact the current use of nontraditional irrigation water sources and might impact the integration of new on-farm water treatment technologies developed to treat these sources

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Next-Generation On-farm Technologies

Develop, implement and evaluate the effectiveness and sustainability of next-generation on-farm water treatment technologies that can improve the chemical, microbial and physical quality of nontraditional irrigation water sources and food crops