HOUSEHOLD WATER CONSUMPTION PATTERNS AND WATER-SAVING DEVICES: AN EXAMPLE OF EASTLEIGH, NAIROBI
Journal: Journal of Water Resources (JWR)
Author: Alex Atkinson
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The study aims to investigate patterns and practices in water usage and conservation in Eastleigh neighborhood and to explore with the influence of water saving devices. The study found out that water saving devices such as aerators, dual flush toilets may be effective in encouraging water-conservation behavior, however, with 64% of the participants unconcerned with water saving devices and techniques thus ending up consuming more water. These results indicate a lack of proper water saving practices together with a lack of water saving devices being used leading to more water consumption. Thus, a local awareness to the homeowners and developers on water-conservation practices in terms of techniques and devices will be a potential way to encourage water-conservation, by demonstrating that the households have invested in improving water conservation. Educational campaigns that teach easy ways to conserve water may increase awareness, and this study indicates awareness correlates with a willingness to reduce water consumption in the households as increasing usage of water saving devices leads to a decrease in water consumption level.