Groundwater in LA

Tragedy of the Commons Example

The Issue

In Los Angeles, a regional groundwater aquifer has begun to mix with saltwater and faces potential water shortages and possible permanent damage to a water source many depend on. This is due to the growth of residents drawing so much water.


The relation is that there is a resource (groundwater), that people are competing for. Without regulation there is over usage and negatively affects the residents and will lead to water shortage if nothing is done.

Key Players

This issue ultimately affects all the residents in LA who use groundwater as their source of water.