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RP3035: Modelling the Uptake of Water Conservation and Efficiency Measures in Sydney

Project leader name: 
Magnus Moglia, CSIRO
Project status: 
Project period: 
05/2017 to 05/2018

There is a strong nexus between water and energy. Water is required to produce energy, particularly electricity, and energy is consumed in providing vital urban water and wastewater services to cities and towns across Australia.  Most energy in the urban water cycle is used to heat water for residential and commercial applications. Therefore, water demand management can significantly reduce overall urban energy use and carbon footprint.

This project will build upon the outputs of RP3002 and RP3028 by adapting the agent based modelling framework developed in these projects to understand the complex processes and cumulative impact of behavioural rules within a social network, in response to intervention options to promote the uptake of water conservation and efficiency measures.

The project brings together CSIRO’s capabilities in simulating social processes and technological forecasting to accommodate the complex variables associated with consumer behaviour and Sydney Water’s data sets and research associated with water conservation and efficiency to evaluate chosen policy and behavioural change programs, to reduce urban water and wastewater impacts on energy usage, and the associated carbon emissions.

Publications related to this project

This issue explores supply-side interventions, such as rainwater harvesting and stormwater harvesting, demand-side interventions, and water storage solutions that have the potential to enable a range of recycling technologies.
Peer Reviewed Research Publications

This paper explores the willingness to pay (WTP) for rainwater tank features in the post-drought context. Rainwater tanks have been demonstrated as an effective measure to reduce mains water demand, but they also provide broader environmental and economic benefits, such as the reduction of urban...

CRCLCL Project Reports

The Modelling the Uptake of Water Conservation and Efficiency Measures in Sydney report team worked with Sydney Water’s WaterFix...

Peer Reviewed Research Publications
This paper reports on a review of international water conservation efforts, but with a particular focus on the Australian context. The aim is to take stock of the current understanding of water conservation, what influences people’s decision to conserve water, what influences whether people persist...
CRCLCL Project Reports
This brief report provides notes from a workshop that was organised by CSIRO and Sydney Water. The aim of the workshop was to explore the potential uses of the Agent-Based Model describing water conservation behaviour.
Fact sheet

Customer behaviour and the development and adoption of water efficient appliances are the two biggest uncertainties in estimating the future long-term demand for water. 

We are developing and piloting an Agent-Based Modelling approach to better understand the decisions made by community...