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The demographic variables considered in this study were age groups, gender and area of residence among the population of Mysore city. The city was divided into 65 administrative wards. The coverage of water supply for domestic connection is about 67% in urban limits. The existing distribution of water to the city is not uniform in all areas and the total numbers of domestic tap water connection is about 0.13 million. Based on these proportions we segregated the study populations into six zones. They were Zone A (CSR-Vijayanagar), Zone B (GLSR), Zone C (Vani Vilas), Zone D (Kuvempu Nagar), Zone E (Devanur), and Zone F (Yadava giri). The details of the demographic characteristics are shown in Table 1.

Table 1

Demographic characteristics of participants

 Summer survey (n = 1,256)
Winter survey (n = 1,230)
Demographic characteristicsFrequency (n)Proportion (%)Frequency (n)Proportion (%)
Sex 
 Male 632 50.3 618 50.2 
 Female 624 49.7 612 49.8 
Age group (year) 
 0–9 114 9.0 112 9.1 
 10–19 130 10.4 128 10.4 
 20–29 220 17.5 218 17.8 
 30–39 184 14.6 180 14.6 
 40–49 222 17.7 218 17.8 
 50–59 186 14.8 180 14.6 
 60–69 120 9.6 118 9.6 
 70 + 80 6.4 76 6.1 
Location of residence 
 Zone A 358 28.6 350 28.5 
 Zone B 226 18.0 220 17.9 
 Zone C 84 6.7 80 6.5 
 Zone D 168 13.3 166 13.4 
 Zone E 168 13.3 164 13.3 
 Zone F 252 20.1 250 20.3 
Water source 
 Municipal supply 1,030 82 1,028 83.5 
 Bore well water 100 75 6.1 
 Bottled water 126 10 127 10.4 
 Total 1,256 100 1,230 100 
 Summer survey (n = 1,256)
Winter survey (n = 1,230)
Demographic characteristicsFrequency (n)Proportion (%)Frequency (n)Proportion (%)
Sex 
 Male 632 50.3 618 50.2 
 Female 624 49.7 612 49.8 
Age group (year) 
 0–9 114 9.0 112 9.1 
 10–19 130 10.4 128 10.4 
 20–29 220 17.5 218 17.8 
 30–39 184 14.6 180 14.6 
 40–49 222 17.7 218 17.8 
 50–59 186 14.8 180 14.6 
 60–69 120 9.6 118 9.6 
 70 + 80 6.4 76 6.1 
Location of residence 
 Zone A 358 28.6 350 28.5 
 Zone B 226 18.0 220 17.9 
 Zone C 84 6.7 80 6.5 
 Zone D 168 13.3 166 13.4 
 Zone E 168 13.3 164 13.3 
 Zone F 252 20.1 250 20.3 
Water source 
 Municipal supply 1,030 82 1,028 83.5 
 Bore well water 100 75 6.1 
 Bottled water 126 10 127 10.4 
 Total 1,256 100 1,230 100 

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