Quantifying the influence of environmental and water conservation attitudes on household end use water consumption

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Title Quantifying the influence of environmental and water conservation attitudes on household end use water consumption
Author Willis, Rachelle McDonald; Stewart, Rodney Anthony; Panuwatwanich, Kriengsak; Williams, Philip; Hollingsworth, Anna L.
Journal Name Journal of Environmental Management
Editor A. L. Gill
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Within the research field of urban water demand management, understanding the link between environmental and water conservation attitudes and observed end use water consumption has been limited. Through a mixed method research design incorporating field-based smart metering technology and questionnaire surveys, this paper reveals the relationship between environmental and water conservation attitudes and a domestic water end use break down for 132 detached households located in the Gold Coast, Australia. Using confirmatory factor analysis, attitudinal factors were developed and refined; households were then categorised based on these factors through cluster analysis technique. Results indicated that residents with very positive environmental and water conservation attitudes consumed significantly less water in total and across the behaviourally influenced end uses of shower, clothes washer, irrigation and tap, than those with moderately positive attitudinal concern (n=78; 169.0L/p/d). The paper concluded with implications for urban water demand management planning, policy and practice.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2011.03.023
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 92
Issue Number 8
Page from 1996
Page to 2009
ISSN 0301-4797
Date Accessioned 2011-05-26
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Environmental Management; Water Resources Engineering
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/40027
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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