Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School


First Advisor

Ardelle Lundeen


The objectives of this study were to: (1) derive a demand function for residential water use for spring and summer quarters which would be representative of the average household within the Big Sioux River Basin and adjacent areas. The function was based on variables for price, number of persons per household, average annual income per capita, and average monthly rainfall; (2) determine significant variables which affect residential water consumption; and (3) derive price and income elasticities which will show the response in water consumption to changes in the price of water and per capita income.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Water consumption -- South Dakota
Water consumption -- Mathematical models
Big Sioux River (S.D. and Iowa)




South Dakota State University

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Economics Commons