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Main Title Economic damages to household items from water supply use /
Author Tihansky, Dennis P.,
CORP Author Washington Environmental Research Center, D.C. Economic Analysis Branch.;Office of Water Resources Research, Washington, D.C.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development,
Year Published 1973
Report Number EPA/600-5-73-001
Stock Number PB-235 716
OCLC Number 01057616
Subjects Water quality--United States
Additional Subjects Water supply ; Economic impact ; Chemical attack ; Damage ; Household goods ; Service life ; Water quality ; Corrosion ; Losses ; Socioeconomic conditions ; Cost estimates ; Mathematical models ; Benefit cost analysis ; Computer programs ; Appliances ; Domestic water ; Water utilization
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJBD  EPA 600-5-73-001 c.1-2 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 10/21/2013
ELBD ARCHIVE EPA 600-5-73-001 Received from HQ AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 10/04/2023
ELBD RPS EPA 600-5-73-001 repository copy AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 01/30/2018
ELBD  EPA 600-5-73-001 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 04/18/2018
NTIS  PB-235 716 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation viii, 86 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Household appliances and personal items in contact with water supply are subject to physical damages from chemical and other constituents of the water. This study translates these damages into economic losses for a typical household. Then it aggregates these losses at the national and individual state levels. To do so requires several stages of analysis. First, the types of physical damages expected and associated water quality determinants are identified. The physical effects are next translated into economic losses. Second, damage functions are formulated to predict likely impacts of water quality changes on each household unit affected. Third, a computer program based on these functions is designed to estimate total damages per typical household and to aggregate them over selected regions. Finally, the program is applied to state-to-state data on water supply sources and socioeconomic descriptors. Total damages to U.S. residents in 1970 are estimated in the range, $0.65-$3.45 billion, with a mean of $1.75 billion. The mean translates into $8.60 per person. States contributing most to total damages are California ($230 million) and Illinois ($164 million). (Modified author abstract)
"July 1973." "Program Element 1HA094." Includes bibliographical references (pages 73-76).