Water Conservation

Drip irrigation Irrigating Efficiently

USDA. NAL. Water Quality Information Center.

Offers a dynamic search of NAL catalog (AGRICOLA) article citations on efficient irrigation and water conservation methods for agriculture, from 2010 to the present. Try a book citation search from 2004 to the present. Earlier versions cover 1994-2003 (articles)1994-2003 (books), and 1988-1994.

Arid Land Agricultural Research Center

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Arid and semi-arid research in crop management, integrated pest management, irrigation technology, remote sensing, water reuse, crop breeding and physiology, and global climate change.

Agricultural Water Conservation Clearinghouse

Colorado State University and partners

Information that "addresses agricultural water conservation globally, incorporating various climates with a focus on arid and semi-arid areas in the Western United States."

Water Conservation: Save Water with Efficient Systems and Healthy Plants

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

A tip sheet based on Backyard Conservation techniques to help use less water for garden and lawn waterings.

Water Conservation Field Services Program

DOI. Bureau of Reclamation.

"Developing a thorough water conservation plan can help identify water management problems, evaluate options, highlight accomplishments, and plan for improvements."

How to Conserve Water and Use It Effectively

EPA. Office of Water.

Part of the document, "Cleaner Water Through Conservation," provides suggested engineering and behavioral practices to help reduce water use.

Agricultural Water Conservation Practices (PDF | 1.3MB)

Texas Water Development Board.

Outlines several "agricultural water-efficiency measures and explains how they can help save water, energy and money, and possibly even increase crop yields."

Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices for Irrigation Water Use (PDF | 1.3MB)

Michigan Department of Agriculture.

Provides applicable water conservation practices for system management, irrigation scheduling and application practices.

Water Conservation Best Management Practices (BMP) Guide for Agriculture in Texas (PDF | 1.8MB)

Texas Water Development Board.

Describes "practices, techniques, programs, and technologies that protect water resources, reduce the consumption of water, reduce the loss or waste of water, improve the efficiency in the use of water, or increase the recycling and reuse of water so that a water supply is made available for future or alternative uses."

Soil and Water Conservation in Semi-arid Areas

United Nations. Food and Agriculture Organization.

Reviews water conservation "techniques which have been tested and found useful somewhere in the world, and which might be suitable for use in other conditions." Includes a section on water harvesting.


United Nations. FAO. International Programme for Technology and Research in Irrigation and Drainage.

Provides technically reliable information useful in making decisions on water conservation in agriculture.

Document cover art Water Conservation, Reuse, and Recycling: Proceedings of an Iranian-American Workshop

National Research Council of the National Academies.

Covers the "development of technology for inexpensive recycling of urban wastewater without adverse impacts on public health; improvement of the economic efficiency in using water in agriculture; and the development of new and innovative institutional arrangements for managing water consistent with historical antecedents and traditions of each country."

Water Conservation: Resource Community

American Water Works Association.

"Intended to keep the water industry in the know about tools, issues and developments related to water conservation."