Project #4966

Modeling Future Residential Outdoor Water Demand in Aurora, CO

Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Ms. Maureen Hodgins
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Climate Change
Water Use & Efficiency
Asset Management
Big Data


This research applied an innovative methodology to water demand forecasting that provides key insights into the relationships between development decisions, water needs, and growth. This analysis of residential outdoor water use in Aurora, Colorado, used a novel housing typology to inform 50 unique future development scenarios, providing a water blueprint for future projected growth, a methodology that can be applied to other communities. The study forecasts future water demand under various growth, climate change, and design scenarios, and demonstrates the inherent value and necessity of connecting water management and land use planning.

An article on this project has been published in the Lincoln Land Institute of Land Policy’s magazine, Land Lines and can be accessed via Lincoln’s website.