By Rhoda Krause
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Scientists say climate change and Oregon’s population growth is already placing a higher demand on our water supply.
Researchers at Oregon State University say most Oregonians agree that water conservation is important. But whose behaviors save the most water? Researchers found it tends to be older people, females and those who make more money.
“Literature suggests that people with higher incomes may just have more money to be able to commit to buying appliances or other things that might help them conserve more water in the home. This doesn’t mean that people with lower incomes aren’t interested in water conservation,” said OSU researcher Erika Wolters.
Researchers say fresh water is a finite resource, and they’re happy to see most Oregonians have adopted behaviors to conserve more water–anything from turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth to taking shorter showers.