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Controlling residential water demand in Qatar: an assessment

Al-Mohannadi, Hassan I., Hunt, Chris O. and Wood, Adrian P. (2003) Controlling residential water demand in Qatar: an assessment. Ambio, 32 (5). pp. 362-366. ISSN 0044-7447

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Qatar has serious water resource problems, following rapid socioeconomic development and massive population increase. Municipal water provision depends on costly and unsustainable desalination. There is little regulation. Native Qataris do not pay a water tariff and migrants pay a subsidized price—approximately one third of the cost of production—so there is little awareness of the true cost of water and use is profligate. This paper discusses trends in water use and identifies issues underlying sustainable water use in Qatar. A questionnaire of respondents chosen to represent Qatari social groups measured awareness and attitudes to water. The results show that previous efforts to control water demand in Qatar, using awareness campaigns, legal restrictions and tariffs, have been ineffectual. The questionnaire evaluated reactions to possible measures to limit uses by raising awareness, using legal restrictions and raising tariffs. From this, a number of policy changes can be suggested, to bring Qatar's water industry towards sustainability.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Schools: School of Applied Sciences
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2008 10:32
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:40


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