Volume No. 2 Issue No.: 4C Page No.: 868-873 April-June 2008




K.B. Rahman*, A. Bhatnagar and A. Vig

Department of Family Resource Management, S.N.D.T. Women’S University, Mumbai (INDIA)


Received on : October 13,2007




Water is one of the most important elements of the environment of our planet earth. All of us know that water is essential for living of all forms of life and is also an integral part of an environment. It is needed for variety of purpose such as domestic, agricultural, fishing, industrial, navigational, recreational etc. A study was carried out on a sample of 60 families, 20 each from group A (income Rs. 500-2000), group B (income between Rs. 2001-8000) and group C (income above Rs. 8001) from suburban areas of Mumbai to determine the consumption of water according to family size, family income and family life cycle, and amount of water optimally required for each activity and also to assess the wastage. The results of the survey revealed that consumption of water increases as the family size and income increases but family life cycle does not have impact on water consumption. The wastage of water is found to be more in higher income group families (income above Rs. 8001). Experiments which were conducted show that on an average an Indian adult require 100 litres of water per capita for various activities.


Keywords : Water auditing , Family size,Family income,Family life cycle, Water consumption