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Master / Diploma Thesis - Institut für Siedlungswasserbau, Industriewasserwirtschaft und Gewässerschutz (SIG), BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 69. UB BOKU obvsg

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This study aimed to provide an overview on the effect of water demand management tools on consumers’ behavior and water consumption. In the first two chapters a review on the existing resources and studies regarding water pricing, intermittent water supply has been done. The result showed that in most cases financial incentives are the strongest tools to motivate people to save water. Also volumetric charges found to be the most effective pricing structure, as consumers will be charged based on the amount of consumed water. Although intermittent water supply in most cases leads to considerable decrease in water consumption, but its adverse consequences lead to serious doubt about its overall efficiency. Two main causes are water contamination and inequitably in water contribution which mostly affect the low-income levels of society. The third chapter allocated to study the communication between water utilities and consumers. The main areas of focus are, available information about the new water saving technologies, explanations about the water bills' calculation methods and educational materials. The result showed that explanations about the bill calculation were available in all the websites. Many of them set some rebates in order to promote using the water efficient devices. Also all the websites were actively providing information in forms of posters, workshops, computer games, etc. Chapter four is assigned to data analysis about the water consumption and its relation with population growth and water charges. Reviewing different trends showed various economic, political and geographical conditions interfering in water consumption rate. The water consumption trend in the last 4 years in most of the countries, showed a downward trend, which is really fortunate. At the end it is suggested that a combination of appropriate water price structures and educating and engaging public in water conservation projects will be most effective.

Beurteilende(r): Ertl Thomas

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