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Household willingness-to-engage in water quality projects in western Newfoundland and Labrador: a demand-side management approach

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This paper aims to measure household willingness-to-engage (WTE) in municipal water quality projects. A cross-sectional logit model is specified as a function of socio-demographic, socio-economic, water consumption and conservation, and public awareness in western Newfoundland and Labrador. WTE is a new provision of the demand-side management approach that incorporates an ecological economics dimension to water use. The results show that the levels of education and annual family income have positively affected households' decisions to get involved in the municipal water quality projects. In addition, the degree of public awareness has a significant impact on shaping the households' decisions.

Keywords: demand-side management approach; water quality; willingness-to-engage

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-6593.2007.00096.x

Affiliations: Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Corner Brook, NL, Canada

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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