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Building a simple general model of municipal water conservation policy for communities overlying the Ogallala Aquifer

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  • Edwards, Jeffrey A.
  • Pumphrey, R. Gary
  • Barbato, Lucia
  • Kurkalova, Lyubov A.
  • Burkey, Mark L.

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On the nation’s largest aquifer live 2.3 million people, most of whom depend on the Ogallala’s water for household consumption, as well as for agricultural and industrial use. As the Ogallala’s levels decline, policies need to be developed to encourage conservation of this resource that are a) efficient and effective and b) are politically feasible. Using results from a survey of nearly 3,000 residents, we reveal and elucidate community attitudes in the region regarding water use and various conservation policies. The results indicate an overall awareness of the problem and willingness to accept certain restrictions on water use and price changes, within limits.

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  • Edwards, Jeffrey A. & Pumphrey, R. Gary & Barbato, Lucia & Kurkalova, Lyubov A. & Burkey, Mark L., 2012. "Building a simple general model of municipal water conservation policy for communities overlying the Ogallala Aquifer," MPRA Paper 41750, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Pumphrey, R. Gary & Edwards, Jeffrey A. & Becker, Klaus G., 2008. "Urban and rural attitudes toward municipal water controls: A study of a semi-arid region with limited water supplies," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 65(1), pages 1-12, March.
    2. Westcott, Paul C., 2007. "U.S. Ethanol Expansion Driving Changes Throughout the Agricultural Sector," Amber Waves, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September.
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    Keywords

    water policy; water conservation;

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    • L95 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Gas Utilities; Pipelines; Water Utilities
    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation

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