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Water consumption and subjective wellbeing: An analysis of British households

Chenoweth, JL, López-Avilés, A, Morse, S and Druckman, A (2016) Water consumption and subjective wellbeing: An analysis of British households Ecological Economics.

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While having basic access to water resources is clearly critical for survival, the extent to which water consumption contributes to wellbeing once basic needs have been met is not clear. In this study the link between household water consumption and wellbeing is assessed via a household survey conducted in southern England and actual water consumption data for the same households received from their water supply company. While the study revealed a few correlations, in general no link was found between actual water use and wellbeing. This suggests that high wellbeing is attainable regardless of low water use (assuming basic needs are met). In fact, when assessed through individual rather than composite measures of wellbeing, a weak but statistically significant link was shown between higher water use and some indicators of low wellbeing. Our results also show that actual water use appears to be unlinked to environmental attitudes, attitudes to water use or willingness to adopt water saving measures. This suggests that seeking a sustained reduction in water consumption via attitudinal change alone is unlikely to be effective.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Centre for Environmental Strategy
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environmental Strategy
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Date : 29 December 2016
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 29 Jun 2016 09:53
Last Modified : 28 Sep 2016 12:19

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