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Utah's Water Future - 2014 Household Survey

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These data reflect results of a household survey implemented in the summer of 2014. The survey randomly sampled households from 23 neighborhoods (census block groups) across 12 cities and 3 counties. Neighborhoods were purposively selected to represent different configurations of social, built, and natural environmental characteristics using the "iUTAH Urban Typology" ( Data were collected using a drop-off/pick-up methodology, and produced an overall response rate of over 62% (~2,400 respondents). The questionnaire included detailed questions related to household water use and landscaping behaviors, perceptions of water supply and quality, participation in water based recreation, concerns about water issues, and preferences for a range of local and state water policies.

Here we are making public an anonymized version of the large household survey dataset. To protect the identity of respondents, we have removed a few variables and truncated other variables.

Files included here:
englishsurveys and spanishsurveys: These folders contain the survey questionnaires used specific to each neighborhood.
Codebook in various formats: Tables (xls and csv files) with a list and definition of questions/variables, which correspond to the columns in the data files, and the encoding of the responses.
Dataset in various formats: Tables (csv, xls, sas, sav, dta files) containing numeric responses to each question. Each participant's responses correspond to a row of data. Each question corresponds to a column of data. Interpretation of the coded responses is found in the data codebook.
Maps: maps of the neighborhoods surveyed.
SummaryReports: Summaries of the results that compare across three counties, summary reports for each county, highlight reports for each city.

Summary reports are also available at including an overall report that provides comparisons of how these vary across the three counties where we collected data (Cache, Salt Lake, and Wasatch) as well as summary reports for each county and highlights reports for each city.

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Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:
WGS 84 EPSG:4326
Coordinate Units:
Decimal degrees
Place/Area Name:
Selected census block groups in Cache, Wasatch, and Salt Lake Counties/WRMA-Wasatch Range Metropolitan Area
North Latitude
East Longitude
South Latitude
West Longitude


Start Date:
End Date:


Additional Metadata

Name Value
Variable Description Various attributes of respondents and their households (see codebook)


Funding Agencies

This resource was created using funding from the following sources:
Agency Name Award Title Award Number
National Science Foundation iUTAH-innovative Urban Transitions and Aridregion Hydro-sustainability 1208732


People or Organizations that contributed technically, materially, financially, or provided general support for the creation of the resource's content but are not considered authors.

Name Organization Address Phone Author Identifiers
Joanna Endter-Wada Utah State University 5215 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322 435-797-2487

How to Cite

Jackson-Smith, D., C. Flint (2016). Utah's Water Future - 2014 Household Survey, HydroShare,

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