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Understanding Water Consumption in Qatar: Evidence From a Nationally Representative Survey

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submitted on 2024-06-27, 05:06 and posted on 2024-06-27, 05:10 authored by Alanoud Al-Maadid, Jesper Akesson, David H. Bernstein, Jayani Chakravarti, Ahmed Khalifa

This paper presents an analysis of a nationally representative (n = 1,002) telephone survey conducted in Qatar on habits, perceptions, and religious attitudes related to water use. Our empirical analysis yields three main findings. When asked whether religious obligation was a reason to save water, 89% of respondents agreed with the statement, showing it to be an important stated motive for water conservation. However, we find no statistically significant relationship between stated attitudes towards water use and actual water consumption. Second, when asked to estimate their monthly water use, participants’ actual water consumption was similar to how they perceived it to be, on average, but different at the decile level. Third, certain household water usage characteristics are associated with significantly higher levels of water consumption. These include: nationality, education, number of adults in the residence, among others.

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Published in: Urban Water Journal
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Qatar National Research Fund (NPRP10-0131-170-300).



  • English


Taylor & Francis

Publication Year

  • 2022

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  • Qatar University
  • College of Business and Economics - QU

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