UBC Undergraduate Research

Domestic Water Conservation : A Survey Assessing Practices in Vancouver Residents Bilawchuk, Carter; Monaghan, Louis; Lamont-Caputo, Luc; Wong, Victor


We conducted a study to investigate the following research question pertaining to water conservation in Vancouver. “Among different water conservation actions, what are Vancouver resident’s opinions on which practices they believe to be most effective at conserving water? What is their perceived costliness of implementing such water saving practices? What is their current usage of these practices and what their level of willingness adopt practices?” An online survey collected information on these questions from residents of Vancouver. Statistical analyses found that among all ten water conservation actions people did not rate them as statistically significantly in terms of effectiveness. Significant differences were found for the other three variables with perceived cost, current usage and willingness to implement showing statistical significance. Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth was rated as least costly, as well as most currently used and most willing to adopt. We found correlations among the questions. Most relevant are a strong positive correlation between current usage and willingness to adopt, as well as a negative correlation between costliness and willingness to adopt. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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