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Technological Spaces in the Semi-Arid High Plains: Examining Well Ownership and Investment in Water-Saving Appliances

Department of Sociology and Criminology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC 28403, USA
Academic Editor: Mirko Castellini
Water 2021, 13(3), 365; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13030365
Received: 28 December 2020 / Revised: 25 January 2021 / Accepted: 26 January 2021 / Published: 31 January 2021
Groundwater depletion has been a consequential problem in Kansas, a drought-prone state widely reliant on the High Plains aquifer. This manuscript explores well ownership’s moderating effects on the relationships between awareness of water supplies and the use of water-saving devices. It assesses one of the only quantitative datasets of private water well owners used in social scientific research (n = 864) and discusses the intricate results of multi-group structural equation models with respondents organized by their water supplies. Well ownership and water literacy are significantly correlated to owning water-conservation technologies, and well ownership combined with access to municipal water weakens the correlations between awareness and owning water-saving appliances. View Full-Text
Keywords: sociology of water use; well owners; groundwater; water supplies; infrastructure; water-saving appliances sociology of water use; well owners; groundwater; water supplies; infrastructure; water-saving appliances
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Ternes, B. Technological Spaces in the Semi-Arid High Plains: Examining Well Ownership and Investment in Water-Saving Appliances. Water 2021, 13, 365. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13030365

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Ternes B. Technological Spaces in the Semi-Arid High Plains: Examining Well Ownership and Investment in Water-Saving Appliances. Water. 2021; 13(3):365. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13030365

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Ternes, Brock. 2021. "Technological Spaces in the Semi-Arid High Plains: Examining Well Ownership and Investment in Water-Saving Appliances" Water 13, no. 3: 365. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13030365

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