What lies behind domestic water use? A review essay on the drivers of domestic water consumption

David Sauri Pujol, Hug March Corbella

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Water constitutes and essential flow for the reproduction of urban environments. However and differently than other essential flows such as energy, money or materials, water is essentially bounded to local or regional environments for direct uses. Water stressed urban environments (such those in Mediterranean areas) are prone to suffer water scarcity both due to physical variables but also to human and social factors. Thus, understanding which factors lay behind urban water consumption is critical both in theory terms and also in technical and policy related matters. While the economic and technical literature has paid a great deal of attention to the role of price and other socio-economic drivers, the present work reviews other types of research carried out in the field of domestic water consumption drivers, and highlights the potential contributions of studying territorial, demographic and cultural factors, all of them of great interest for Geography.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBoletin de la Asociacion de Geografos Espanoles
Issue number50
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • Domestic water use
  • Economic factors
  • Socio-demographic and
  • Statistical models


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