Identifying the drivers of water consumption: A summary of results from the South East Queensland residential end use study

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Title Identifying the drivers of water consumption: A summary of results from the South East Queensland residential end use study
Author Beal, Cara; Makki, Anas Ahmad; Stewart, Rodney Anthony
Publication Title Science Forum and Stakeholder Engagement: Building Linkages, Collaboration and Science Quality
Editor Begbie, D.K., Kenway, S.J., Biermann, S.M. and Wakem, S.L.
Year Published 2012
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Urban Water Security Research Alliance
Abstract The aim of the South East Queensland Residential End Use Study (SEQREUS) was to address the research gap on water end usage by way of generating a high resolution data registry of water end uses and using such a database to explore the relationships and influences of residential water consumption from a bottom up approach. Such data can be used to optimise future demand management strategies. Mains water end uses in a sample of 252 residential dwellings located within South East Queensland (SEQ) were measured using a combination of high resolution smart meters and data loggers and a parallel social survey design comprising a questionnaire, a stock (appliance) audit and self-reported water diary for each household. An array of detailed analyses were conducted from the subsequent data registry based on three separate two-week monitoring periods (2 x winter and 1 x summer). Impacts on water consumption from water-efficient technology (eg, star rated washing machines, flow regulated taps and showers), socio-demographics (household composition, income and education and perceptions and attitudes towards of water conservation on household, per capita, diurnal and peak demand water consumption are presented, including the variation in water end uses on a daily and seasonal basis. We conclude with some policy considerations that evolved from our data analysis and that may assist in optimising future demand management strategies. For example, it is recommended to target households with large families with young children or teenagers, as these homes are often associated with high shower and tap usage.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.urbanwateralliance.org.au/publications/forum2012/index.html#presentations
Copyright Statement Copyright 2012 Urban Water Security Research Alliance. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the conference's website for access to the definitive, published version.
ISBN 1839-1230
Conference name Science Forum and Stakeholder Engagement: Building Linkages, Collaboration and Science Quality
Location Brisbane, Australia
Date From 2012-06-19
Date To 2012-06-20
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/46538
Date Accessioned 2012-08-03
Date Available 2013-06-07T06:02:21Z
Language en_US
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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