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Water 2016, 8(9), 374; doi:10.3390/w8090374

Causes of Domestic Water Consumption Trends in the City of Alicante: Exploring the Links between the Housing Bubble, the Types of Housing and the Socio-Economic Factors

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Interuniversity Institute of Geography, University of Alicante, Carretera de Sant Vicent del Raspeig, s/n—Apartado de Correos 99, Alicante 03080, Spain
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Department of Regional Geographic Analysis and Physical Geography, University of Alicante, Carretera de Sant Vicent del Raspeig, s/n—Apartado de Correos 99, Alicante 03080, Spain
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Academic Editor: Brad Ridoutt
Received: 15 May 2016 / Revised: 22 August 2016 / Accepted: 24 August 2016 / Published: 31 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Water Consumption)
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Abstract

The European Mediterranean coastline has experienced major tourism-related urbanization since 1960. This is a dynamic that has led to increased spending on water consumption for urban and tourism-related uses. The objective of this paper is to define and to analyze how domestic water consumption in the city of Alicante evolved between 2000 and 2013. Real billing figures for individual households were analyzed according to the type of housing and the income level of the occupants. The conclusions drawn show that consumption fell over the period studied, and that there are different patterns in water expenditure depending on the type of housing and the inhabitants. View Full-Text
Keywords: water; consumption; tourism; coast; real estate bubble; Alicante water; consumption; tourism; coast; real estate bubble; Alicante
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Morote, Á.-F.; Hernández, M.; Rico, A.-M. Causes of Domestic Water Consumption Trends in the City of Alicante: Exploring the Links between the Housing Bubble, the Types of Housing and the Socio-Economic Factors. Water 2016, 8, 374.

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