Weather induced changes on domestic water consumption

Downey, Kym Therese (2006) Weather induced changes on domestic water consumption. [USQ Project]


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The Australian Bureau of Meteorology defines seven zones; ranging from equatorial
and tropical in the north, temperate in the south and desert in the centre; to describe the
climate of Australia. Six of these seven zones can be found in the state of Queensland.
The zones are characterised by weather based factors such as rainfall, temperatures,
relative humidity and evaporation. The purpose to this project was to attempt to
determine if these factors have an affect on the rate of demand for domestic water
consumption by consumers.
The primary objective of this project was to produce a mathematical model; using these
weather based variables; for use by Peak Downs Shire Council to aid in the prediction
of the daily domestic water consumption in the township of Capella in Central
Queensland, Australia. This objective was achieved with the consumption model, as
detailed in Section 7.3.2 predicting 86 % of outside usage.
A broader objective of this project was to investigate and examine the differences and
relationships between the variables applicable to Capella and those relevant to
Barcaldine, in Western Queensland and Yeppoon on the Queensland Central Coast.
The aim of this investigation was to develop a correlation between climate variations
and the consumptions within these zones. T-test analysis of 2005 weather data failed to
determine the existence of a significant relationship between the variable combinations
tested. A correlation between climate variation and consumption within the regions
could not be adequately completed due to the lack of complete and accurate records.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:05
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: temperature; humidity; weather; water consumption; Koeppen; Queensland; Barcaldine; Capella; Yeppoon; analysis of variance (ANOVA)
Fields of Research (2008): 04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040107 Meteorology
04 Earth Sciences > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040605 Palaeoclimatology
Fields of Research (2020): 37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3701 Atmospheric sciences > 370108 Meteorology
37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3709 Physical geography and environmental geoscience > 370904 Palaeoclimatology

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