Water Resources Research

How do variations in Urban Heat Islands in space and time influence household water use? The case of Phoenix, Arizona


Corresponding author: R. M. Aggarwal, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, PO Box 875402, Tempe AZ 85287-5402, USA. (rimjhim.aggarwal@asu.edu)


[1] This paper explores how urbanization, through its role in the evolution of Urban Heat Island (UHI), affects residential water consumption. Using longitudinal data and drawing on a mesoscale atmospheric model, we examine how variations in surface temperature at the census tract level have affected water use in single family residences in Phoenix, Arizona. Results show that each Fahrenheit rise in nighttime temperature increases water consumption by 1.4%. This temperature effect is found to vary significantly with lot size and pool size. The study provides insights into the links between urban form and water use, through the dynamics of UHI.