Title: Simulating the impact of water pricing on household behaviour: The temptation of using untreated groundwater. 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> proceedings / conference paper(s) 
Country: EU Projects 
Year of publication: 2003 
Availability: Rinaudo, J-D. Montginoul, M. Lunet de Lajonquiere, Y. Garin, P. (2003) Simulating the impact of water pricing on household behaviour: The temptation of using untreated groundwater. - paper presented at the International Water Association 2nd International Conference on Efficient Use and Management of Water in Urban Areas. Tenerife, Spain. April 2-4. 2003. 
Author 1/Producer: Rinaudo, J-D. 
Other Authors/Producers: Montginoul, M. Lunet de Lajonquiere, Y. Garin, P. 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.aquadapt.net/pdf/Rinaudo_efficient2003.pdf  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Soil and groundwater processes-->Soil and groundwater processes overview
Short description: Increases in water prices, which have been observed in recent years, have led to a reduction in the consumption of drinking water by households. Whereas certain households have made real reductions in their water consumption, others have turned to substitute water resources (collection of rain water, borehole drilling, wells supplied with untreated mains water, grey water systems, etc.) to meet their water needs. This article presents the results of a case study, which aims to describe and analyse the phenomenon of resorting to untreated groundwater as a complement or a substitute to the mains water supply. After highlighting the risks associated with the uncontrolled development of private boreholes, the paper presents a survey, which was conducted in a southern France to understand the motivations of households drilling boreholes. The results of the survey are used to develop a micro-economic model of households’ behaviour, which is then used to assess the probability of development of private boreholes on a regional scale. 
Link to Project(s): AQUADAPT Strategic tools to support adaptive, integrated water resource management under changing utilisation conditions at catchment level: A co-evolutionary approach
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