Next Article in Journal
Role of Low-Impact Development in Generation and Control of Urban Diffuse Pollution in a Pilot Sponge City: A Paired-Catchment Study
Previous Article in Journal
Impact of Infiltration Process Modeling on Soil Water Content Simulations for Irrigation Management
Previous Article in Special Issue
Performance Analysis of Ageing Single-Jet Water Meters for Measuring Residential Water Consumption
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Water 2018, 10(7), 851; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10070851

Unauthorised Domestic Water Consumption in the City of Alicante (Spain): A Consideration of Its Causes and Urban Distribution (2005–2017)

1
Department of Geography, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
2
Interuniversity Institute of Geography, University of Alicante, 03080 Alicante, Spain
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 15 May 2018 / Revised: 22 June 2018 / Accepted: 24 June 2018 / Published: 26 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in the Economic Analysis of Residential Water Use)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [2288 KB, uploaded 28 June 2018]   |  

Abstract

Since 2014 and 2015 numerous projections and macroeconomic indicators have shown sustained growth, allowing governments to affirm that the economic crisis has been overcome. In Spain, the onset of the crisis and the bursting of the real estate bubble (2008) have caused a profound impression on the country and society in recent years. The aim of the study is to analyse the evolution and the determining factors of unauthorised domestic water consumption and its geographic distribution in the city of Alicante (south-east Spain). Methodologically, data have been examined regarding this topic in the city of Alicante for the period 2005–2017 and according to their location and the type of residential property (compact or dispersed). In conclusion, it should be indicated that in Alicante unauthorised consumption is recorded in all social classes and neighbourhoods, especially in the properties of the North District of the city (a lower economic income neighbourhood) but also in those ones that are home to the better-off social classes who reside in detached houses. In the latter, residents commit unauthorised consumption to reduce the high levels of water consumption, aggravated by the current drought (the need to provide greater volumes of water for outdoor uses) and by the increase in the price of water over the last decade. Besides, since the implementation of the Remote Meter Reading Plan in 2011 and the increase of the surveillance of the employers of the water company, the detection of the unauthorised water consumption has increased. View Full-Text
Keywords: unauthorised consumption; water; consumption; domestic; Alicante unauthorised consumption; water; consumption; domestic; Alicante
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).
SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Morote, Á.-F.; Hernández-Hernández, M. Unauthorised Domestic Water Consumption in the City of Alicante (Spain): A Consideration of Its Causes and Urban Distribution (2005–2017). Water 2018, 10, 851.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Water EISSN 2073-4441 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top