Assessing domestic water use habits for more effective water awareness campaigns during drought periods: a case study in Alicante, Eastern Spain

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Title: Assessing domestic water use habits for more effective water awareness campaigns during drought periods: a case study in Alicante, Eastern Spain
Authors: March, Hug | Hernández Hernández, María | Sauri, David
Research Group/s: Paisajes y Recursos Naturales en España | Agua y Territorio
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Geográfico Regional y Geografía Física | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Interuniversitario de Geografía
Keywords: Domestic water use habits | Water awareness campaigns | Drought periods | Alicante
Knowledge Area: Análisis Geográfico Regional
Issue Date: 13-Nov-2014
Publisher: Copernicus Publications
Citation: Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences Discussions. 2014, 2: 6859-6881. doi:10.5194/nhessd-2-6859-2014
Abstract: The design of water awareness campaigns could benefit from knowledge on the specific characteristics of domestic water use and of the factors that may influence certain water consumption habits. This paper investigates water use in 450 households of 10 municipalities of drought prone Alicante (Spain) with the objective of increasing knowledge about existing domestic water behavior and therefore help to improve the design and implementation of future water awareness campaigns. The survey results indicate that users already follow many of the conservation practices mentioned in messages. Moreover, campaigns need to take into account the differences in water use and habits derived from differences in urban models (concentrated or disperse).
Description: This discussion paper is under review for the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Science (NHESS).
Sponsor: This work was supported by the Spanish CICYT under grants number CSO2009-12772-03-01, CSO2009-12772-03-03 and JCI-2011-10709.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/42601
ISSN: 2195-9269
DOI: 10.5194/nhessd-2-6859-2014
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/nhessd-2-6859-2014
Appears in Collections:INV - Paisajes y Recursos Naturales en España - Artículos de Revistas
INV - Agua y Territorio - Artículos de Revistas

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