Water saving initiatives require more public knowledge
At the Plumbing Supply Fporum 2009, Graeme Phillipson, who heads up Connection Research, spoke about the survey they conducted: Domestic Water Usage in Australia – 2009, which formed the basis for the article which ran in Plumbing Connection magazine.
The survey looks at attitudes to water conservation and found that 62.7% of people had not heard of WELS, 81.1% don’t know their annual water usage per year (average is about 100kw a year) and most people think they use less water than others, but believe their usage is higher than the average.
80.5% know water usage prices in their area and think they pay too much. 8.2% don’t know if prices are too high or low. 65.8% of people believe they are doing what they can to reduce water and charging more wouldn’t reduce consumption.
As far as plumbers are concerned, they are not regarded as a source of advice for information on water sources.
Other figures showed that people are unaware of water definitions: potable, blackwater, desalinated, distilled, recycled, grey, storm etc. 64/1% of people are willing to flush using recycled water. 40% of people say no to drinking recycled water and about 1/3 of the 1,400 respondents have a tank.
For Graeme’s complete presentation, facts and figures, click on the presentation link below.