The prestige of sustainable living: implications for water use in Australia

Pearce, Meryl, Willis, Eileen, Mamerow, Loreen, Jorgensen, Bradley, and Martin, John (2014) The prestige of sustainable living: implications for water use in Australia. Geographical Journal, 180 (2). pp. 161-174.

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The paper outlines water conservation behaviours and assesses the level of congruity between the stated water use of householders against their actual metered consumption. A profile of high water users in three parts of South Australia is offered: two metropolitan areas differing in socio-economic characteristics and a regional town. The research used a postal questionnaire, a follow-up telephone interview and corresponding household water meter readings. Location, household size and annual household income have significant predictive qualities for high per capita water use. The number of times gardens were watered in a week, watering the garden more often than was permitted under the restrictions, and the manner in which conservation behaviours were carried out helped predict high per capita water use. Participants had an accurate idea of the magnitude of their water use and how it compared with that of other households. High water users knew that they were high consumers of water. Implications of the findings for water demand management are briefly outlined.

Item ID: 58029
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1475-4959
Keywords: water conservation, prestige, sustainable living, behaviours, drought, Australia
Copyright Information: © 2013 The Authors. The Geographical Journal © 2013 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), South Australian Water
Projects and Grants: ARC Linkage Program
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2019 09:15
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160514 Urban Policy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960702 Consumption Patterns, Population Issues and the Environment @ 100%
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