The Modelling the Uptake of Water Conservation and Efficiency Measures in Sydney report team worked with Sydney Water’s WaterFix Program to validate their agent based, decision-making model aimed at encouraging consumers to participate in water saving programs.
Customer behaviour plus the development and adoption of water efficient appliances were identified as the two biggest uncertainties in estimating long-term demand for water. The team used data from the WaterFix program collected during the Millennium Drought (2001-2009) and applied it to their model, replicating Sydney householder decision-making at the time. The modelling is hoped to contribute to future water supply resilience for Sydney at a time of declining dam inflows and increasing population.
crc lcl report water conservation sydney (1423221 PDF)