Demand for Water in the Building

  • Agnieszka StecEmail author
Part of the Water Science and Technology Library book series (WSTL, volume 90)


Over the years, water consumption, its structure, and size have undergone constant changes. Since the commissioning of the first water supply systems, water intake has been systematically growing until the 1980s. Such high consumption of water resulted mainly from the lack of its measurement, as well as low environmental awareness of recipients. The further development of water supply systems in the 1990s was characterized by smaller increases in water abstraction rates. This was mainly influenced by the development of installation techniques, an increase inwater prices, introduction of the obligation tomeasurewater consumption, and changing the habits of users of water supply installations. Considering the current and forecasted limitations of accessibility to water sources and the resulting need to save it, it should be anticipated that further development of installation technology will focus on seeking technical solutions that not only ensure high comfort of use but also contribute to a significant reduction in water consumption. This will force the need for alternative sources of water, such as rainwater and gray sewage, which will partly replace tap water.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture, Department of Infrastructure and Water ManagementRzeszow University of TechnologyRzeszówPoland

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