Household water use behavior : an integrated model

Jorgensen, Bradley, Graymore, Michelle and O'Toole, Kevin 2009, Household water use behavior : an integrated model, Journal of environmental management, vol. 91, no. 1, pp. 227-236.

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Title Household water use behavior : an integrated model
Author(s) Jorgensen, Bradley
Graymore, Michelle
O'Toole, Kevin
Journal name Journal of environmental management
Volume number 91
Issue number 1
Start page 227
End page 236
Publisher Academic Press
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-10
ISSN 0301-4797
1095-8630
Keyword(s) household water consumption
behavioral models
water conservation
trust
Summary Water authorities are dealing with the challenge of ensuring that there is enough water to meet demand in the face of drought, population growth and predictions of reduced supply due to climate change. In order to develop  effective household demand management programs, water managers need to understand the factors that influence household water use. Following an examination and re-analysis of current water consumption behavioral models we propose a new model for understanding household water consumption. We argue that trust plays a role in household water consumption, since people will not save water if they feel others are not minimizing their water use (inter-personal trust). Furthermore, people are less likely to save water if they do not trust the water authority (institutional trust). This paper proposes that to fully understand the factors involved in determining household water use the impact of trust on water consumption needs investigation.
Language eng
Field of Research 050209 Natural Resource Management
Socio Economic Objective 960611 Urban Water Evaluation (incl. Water Quality)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021360

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