Articles | Volume 26, issue 4
Research article
01 Mar 2022
Research article |  | 01 Mar 2022

Social dilemmas and poor water quality in household water systems

Gopal Penny, Diogo Bolster, and Marc F. Müller

Data sets

Domestic well locations and populations served in the contiguous U.S.: datasets for decadal years 2000 and 2010 T. Johnson and K. Belitz

St. Joseph County Zoning Boundaries SJCGIS

St. Joseph County Address SJCGIS

Model code and software

v1.0.0 R package for social dilemmas and community groundwater contamination G. Penny

Short summary
In residential areas with a high housing density, septic contamination of private wells raises multiple health concerns. Often, few regulations exist to ensure good water quality in such systems, and water quality is often left to the homeowner. To address the potential obstacles to effective management, we identify situations where misplaced economic incentives hinder effective policy to support water quality in such systems.