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Residential Tourism, Swimming Pools, and Water Demand in the Western Mediterranean

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Many Mediterranean areas have recently witnessed a proliferation of new urban and tourist-related features following low-density residential patterns that contrast with the traditional high-density urban typologies of Mediterranean cities. The aim of this research is to investigate the links between residential tourism and water consumption through swimming pools, which constitute one key element of the new urban landscapes in the coast of Alicante (southeastern Spain). We have digitized pools in nine municipalities of coastal Alicante and calculated the average depth and estimated water losses due to evaporation. Results show that swimming pools are widely available in tourist residential enclaves but that they tend to display different characteristics according to factors such as the history of the urbanization process and relative wealth of the different areas. We have detected a clear contrast between the large individual pools of the richer northern municipalities and the smaller individual pools and community pools in the newly developed but less well-off urban enclaves of the southern coast.
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Keywords: Mediterranean; Mediterráneo; agua; consumo; consumption; piscinas de natación; swimming pools; tourism; turismo; water

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Alicante, 2: Autonomous University of Barcelona, 3: University of Alicante ,

Publication date: January 2, 2017

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