Faculty Advisor

Davis, Paul W.

Center

Melbourne, Australia

Abstract

Low rainfall and high water demand threaten Melbourne, Victoria's water supplies. Installing domestic smart water meters throughout Melbourne would cost over $200M but could reduce water consumption up to 18% if usage data were communicated to consumers in ways that triggered well-studied behavioural cues. In the interim, current quarterly water bills could use some of these same behavioural cues to promote conservation. These findings form the core of policy recommendations we provided to Australia's Alternative Technology Association.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

Project Center

Melbourne, Australia

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