The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

How do the characteristics of neighborhoods influence water use?

How do the characteristics of neighborhoods influence water use?

Planning for urban water conservation requires an understanding of how and where water is used in cities. There is significant evidence that urban water use is related to the characteristics of the residents, housing types, and landscaping patterns. At the same time, a growing body of research has shown geographic clustering of high or low water use at the neighborhood scale. This paper explores how the characteristics of neighborhoods influence water use at the parcel scale. We hypothesized that neighborhood characteristics influence water use through social dynamics as well as the physical structure of the neighborhood.

The full article can be found here.

 

Stoker, P., S.J. Hinners, D. Jackson-Smith, M. Buchert, Z. Levine. (2019). Neighborhood effects on parcel level water use. Sustainable Water Resources Management.