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Water conservation and behaviour in Australia

May 2015

Water managers, companies and policy makers have long been concerned with how to balance water supply with water demand

The authors of the paper on which this case study is based are: Meryl Pearce, Eileen Willis, Loreen Mamerow, Bradley Jorgensen and John Martin, Flinders University and La Trobe University, Australia

Appeared in: The Geographical Journal: Volume 180, Issue 2

Reference: Pearce, M. Willis, E. Mamerow, M. Jorgensen, B. and Martin, J. (2014) The prestige of sustainable living: implications for water use in Australia, The Geographical Journal, 180:2, p161-174

Water managers, companies and policy makers have long been concerned with how to balance water supply with water demand. In many areas, growing water household consumption and demand - due in part to changes in attitudes to water (such as its constant supply being perceived as a basic right) and greater uptake of water intensive technologies and leisure activities – has increased pressure on water supplies that may already be stressed (Boland and Bauman, 2004). Countries that regularly experience droughts, including Australia, have increasingly focused on demand management, this involves encouraging take up of more sustainable consumption practices.  


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