By now, you’ve probably heard about the growing list of drought-related water problems plaguing the United States.

From the wildfires in Southern California to the drought-plagued Northeast, it’s clear that we need a new approach to drought.

But it turns out, there’s one water management strategy that’s going to save lives: irrigation design.

This week, the American Society of Civil Engineers released a report that highlights how irrigation design is an effective tool for addressing water stress and managing water resources in the future.

The report provides a few ideas to help guide the development of irrigation designs for both agricultural and urban use.

But as the water shortage continues, it will be important to consider irrigation design as a long-term strategy that addresses water stress, not just a short-term one.

We spoke with several irrigation experts to discuss irrigation design, its effectiveness, and how it can help address the long-range water needs of communities.