Urban Water Demand Regression Modeling for California Water Suppliers

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DOI: 10.4211/hs.e9137bf4054a45778a7944d3ebceea0f
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Urban water demand modeling with regression identifies explanatory factors of water use in cities. A generalized demand modeling approach was developed for over 400 urban water supply agencies in California. Using standardized data from self-reported sources for agencies across the state, a batch-processing approach was used to create standardized urban water demand models. The models were developed to test the validity of a simplified and generalized demand modeling approach using monthly available data. Semilog, multivariate regression models were developed for each urban water supply agency. Consumption from residential (single- and multi-family), commercial, industrial, and institutional water use were considered as outcome variables. Explanatory variables include indicator variables for months in a calendar year, periods of water conservation requirements during a 2011-16 severe drought, population, and water rates. The models were of reasonable fit, with adjusted R-squared values ranging from 0.6-0.99. Visual inspection revealed that the monthly models captured trends with reasonable accuracy. The time frame for models was 2013-18, a period with standardized available data through statewide reporting. The modeling approach has been subsequently further extended to incorporate additional climate variables (precipitation and evapotranspiration) for sector-specific models. The models are intended to understand explanatory factors of demand through a generalized modeling approach and not intended to be used for water supply operations without further refinement and testing. The approach can be adapted to many types of cities.

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The content of this resource is derived from California State Water Resources Control Board: Electronic Annual Reports (partial)
This resource has been replaced by a newer version Porse, E. (2021). Urban Water Demand Regression Modeling for California Water Suppliers, HydroShare, https://doi.org/10.4211/hs.f70cefe684b746c6b37dd4ca056a6b34

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Porse, E. (2021). Urban Water Demand Regression Modeling for California Water Suppliers, HydroShare, https://doi.org/10.4211/hs.e9137bf4054a45778a7944d3ebceea0f

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