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Volume :30 Issue : 1 2003      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Household demand for water: A case study in Kuwait

Auther : JASEM M. AL-HUMOUD AND IBRAHIM AL-GHUSAIN

 Kuwait University, Department of Civil Engineering

P.O.Box 5969, Safat 13060, Kuwait, Tel: (+965) 967-4825; Fax: (+965) 481-7524

E-mail:   jasem@civil. kuniv.edu.kw

ABSTRACT

This paper reports the results of a research study undertaken to determine water consumption in Kuwait. The consumption and other related data were collected randomly from different households within Kuwait. In addition, the paper gives forecasts for water consumption (demand) in Kuwait. The government of Kuwait heavily subsidizes water production. These subsidies add a heavy burden to the current fiscal deficit. Results of the analyses indicated that there is considerable waste of fresh water by the average Kuwaiti household. Predictions of future water demand included in this study may help the government in its efforts to reform its subsidy policy. The paper concludes with useful remarks to both the water authority (Ministry of Electricity and Water) and the citizens of Kuwait on water usage rationalization.

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