Presentation Title

Untapped: Exploring the Intersection Between Immigration Identity and Household Water Conservation in Los Angeles

Faculty Mentor

Jessica Cattelino

Start Date

17-11-2018 9:45 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 10:00 AM

Location

C158

Session

Oral 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

In the United States, immigration status has affected access to water, as well as household water conservation. Throughout history, the immigrant identity has been racialized and contrasted against the standard set by white populations. As such, white expertise on water conservation is often well researched, but expertise within immigrant communities are overlooked. This research aims to bridge this gap and bring attention to water use and conservation of immigrant households. Through analysis of interviews with 40 different families in 4 diverse Los Angeles neighborhoods, this research examines the difference in water conservation between immigrant and white households. Results show that immigrants have knowledge of water conservation techniques, brought over from practices in their nation of origin. Some individuals have experienced water scarcity and lack of access to water in their countries of origin. As such, these experiences shape how individuals conserve water. The methods of water conservation differs from household to household. As Los Angeles and the United States are populated by immigrants, it is important to understand conservation practices to inform water conservation policy from diverse sources, including immigrant expertise.

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Untapped: Exploring the Intersection Between Immigration Identity and Household Water Conservation in Los Angeles

C158

In the United States, immigration status has affected access to water, as well as household water conservation. Throughout history, the immigrant identity has been racialized and contrasted against the standard set by white populations. As such, white expertise on water conservation is often well researched, but expertise within immigrant communities are overlooked. This research aims to bridge this gap and bring attention to water use and conservation of immigrant households. Through analysis of interviews with 40 different families in 4 diverse Los Angeles neighborhoods, this research examines the difference in water conservation between immigrant and white households. Results show that immigrants have knowledge of water conservation techniques, brought over from practices in their nation of origin. Some individuals have experienced water scarcity and lack of access to water in their countries of origin. As such, these experiences shape how individuals conserve water. The methods of water conservation differs from household to household. As Los Angeles and the United States are populated by immigrants, it is important to understand conservation practices to inform water conservation policy from diverse sources, including immigrant expertise.