Influence of household socioeconomic region and resident type on end use water consumption levels

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Title Influence of household socioeconomic region and resident type on end use water consumption levels
Author Willis, Rachelle McDonald; Stewart, Rodney Anthony; Panuwatwanich, Kriengsak; Williams, Philip
Publication Title 2nd International Conference on Water Economics, Statistics and Finance
Editor Konstantinos P. Tsagarakis
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Greece
Publisher International Water Association (IWA)
Abstract This paper presents the results of a pilot end use water consumption study conducted on the Gold Coast, Australia. Specifically, it aimed to explore the degree of influence of household socioeconomic regions and resident type on end use water consumption levels. Data analysis revealed that higher socioeconomic regions had lower levels of water consumption. End use analysis demonstrated that clothes washing consumption decreases with increasing socioeconomic status and that dishwashing and tap use were unaffected by socioeconomic region. Moreover, the study revealed that households with couples consumed significantly more water on a litre per capita per day basis, than those with families or share houses. Recommendations for further study into the impact of a range of collected socioeconomic and demographic factors on end use water consumption levels are outlined.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.iwahq.org/
Conference name IWA Specialist Group for Statistics and Economics
Location Alexandroupolis, Greece
Date From 2009-07-03
Date To 2009-07-05
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/31901
Date Accessioned 2009-12-09
Date Available 2010-07-09T07:51:30Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Management
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Water Resources Engineering
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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