Controlling residential water demand in Qatar: An assessment

Hassan I. Al-Mohannadi, Chris O. Hunt, Adrian P. Wood

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Abstract

Qatar has serious water resource problems, following rapid socioeconomic development and massive population increase. Municipal water provision depends on costly and unsustainable desalination. There is little regulation. Native Qataris do not pay a water tariff and migrants pay a subsidized price - approximately one third of the cost of production - so there is little awareness of the true cost of water and use is profligate. This paper discusses trends in water use and identifies issues underlying sustainable water use in Qatar. A questionnaire of respondents chosen to represent Qatari social groups measured awareness and attitudes to water. The results show that previous efforts to control water demand in Qatar, using awareness campaigns, legal restrictions and tariffs, have been ineffectual. The questionnaire evaluated reactions to possible measures to limit uses by raising awareness, using legal restrictions and raising tariffs. From this, a number of policy changes can be suggested, to bring Qatar's water industry towards sustainability.

LanguageEnglish
Pages362-366
Number of pages5
JournalAmbio
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003

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Al-Mohannadi, Hassan I. ; Hunt, Chris O. ; Wood, Adrian P. / Controlling residential water demand in Qatar : An assessment. In: Ambio. 2003 ; Vol. 32, No. 5. pp. 362-366.
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