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Main Title Benefit of Water Pollution Control on Property Values.
Author Dornbusc, David M. ; Barrage, Stephen M. ;
CORP Author Dornbusch (David M.) and Co., Inc., San Francisco, Calif.
Year Published 1973
Report Number EPA-68-01-0753; EPA-01AAB-07; 04550,; 600/5-73-005
Stock Number PB-228 590
Additional Subjects Water quality ; Benefit cost analysis ; San Diego Bay ; Kanawha River ; Ohio River ; Willamette River ; Public opinion ; Regression analysis ; Water pollution control ; Property values
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB-228 590 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 155p
This study was undertaken to determine the current state-of-knowledge concerning the measurement of the potential benefit of water pollution control on property values, and to analyze the relationship between water quality parameters and property values at several sites where water pollution has been substantially reduced in recent years. Multiple-regression analysis and an interview technique were employed to study the relationship between residential and recreational property values and water quality components. Study sites were located on San Diego Bay and the Kanawha, Ohio, and Willamette Rivers. It was found that effective pollution abatement on badly polluted water bodies can increase the value of single-family homes situated on waterfront lots by 8 to 25 percent, and that these water quality improvements can affect property values up to 4000 feet away from the water's edge. The measurable water quality parameters which have the greatest influence on property values are dissolved oxygen concentration, fecal coliform concentrations, clarity, visual pollutants (trash and debris), toxic chemicals, and pH. (Modified author abstract)