Understanding the Factors that Influence Domestic Water Consumption in Melbourne
This honours project contributed to enhancing knowledge of attitudes and community receptivity to alternative water-use practices in the domestic context, through a case study analysis of the City of Bayside, Melbourne. An anonymous household mail-out survey tested residential receptivity to rainwater, greywater and seawater for a range of household activities and investigated barriers to the adoption of household-based water reuse technologies. While the community was quite receptive overall to alternative water sources (with receptivity generally decreasing as personal contact with the water increased), the research revealed a number of key challenges (including cost, difficulty and renter status) to the adoption of water reuse technologies.
Prof Rebekah Brown