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Public engagement with water conservation in London

Doron, U; Teh, T-H; Haklay, M; Bell, S; (2011) Public engagement with water conservation in London. Water and Environment Journal , 25 (4) pp. 555-562. 10.1111/j.1747-6593.2011.00256.x. Green open access

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Abstract

Understanding water demand and consumers' capacity for change is essential in underpinning water demand management and water efficiency programmes. This paper presents the outcomes of a qualitative study, which used discussion groups relating to water infrastructure with environmentally aware citizens in five London boroughs in the Lower Lea River Basin. The results showed a subtle interaction between users, water and technology. Users are generally unaware of their own water consumption. Individual perceptions of changes in water behaviour are constrained by habit and lack of knowledge about what changes can be made and how. Knowledge of environmental information was described as the inspiration behind making any changes. The paper concludes that access to information about water resources, infrastructure and conservation measures should be enhanced because although information sources are abundant, participants claimed they were inaccessible without considerable effort. Finally, an emphasis should also be put on helping the public form a more substantial part in environmental decisions.

Type: Article
Title: Public engagement with water conservation in London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-6593.2011.00256.x
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-6593.2011.00256.x
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2011 The Authors. Water and Environment Journal © 2011 CIWEM. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: [Doron, U., Teh, T.-H., Haklay, M. and Bell, S. (2011), Public engagement with water conservation in London. Water and Environment Journal, 25: 555–562. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-6593.2011.00256.x], which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-6593.2011.00256.x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: public participation; water consumption; water demand management; water efficiency
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/150356
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