Influences of public ecological awareness and price on potable water consumption in the Geneva area : Cahier de recherche

Catenazzo, Giuseppe ; D'Urso, Jennifer ; Fragnière, Emmanuel ; Tuberosa, Jean

The specific attitudes and behaviours of individuals of a given society must be properly understood in order to develop adequate and relevant public policies regarding water consumption. We have conducted a survey research in order to measure the perception of the Geneva population regarding main social aspects of water consumption. We collected 907 valid questionnaires. In particular, we wanted... Plus

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    The specific attitudes and behaviours of individuals of a given society must be properly understood in order to develop adequate and relevant public policies regarding water consumption. We have conducted a survey research in order to measure the perception of the Geneva population regarding main social aspects of water consumption. We collected 907 valid questionnaires. In particular, we wanted to address research questions such as: are water consumers influenced by their ecological awareness? Is their consumption influenced by price changes? We observed that most of the respondents indicate that they have an ecological awareness regarding their daily consumption of public water. However, we have also discovered that they are generally not able to quantify their consumption (for drinking, cleaning, washing…). Relationships between classes as well as relationships between variables have been analyzed and then research hypotheses have been verified on the basis of non-parametric statistical tests. This empirical research provides some elements of perception regarding public water consumption leading to recommendations for better demand management.