What affects public acceptance of recycled and desalinated water?

Dolnicar, Sara, Hurlimann, Anna and Grün, Bettina (2011) What affects public acceptance of recycled and desalinated water?. Water Research, 45 2: 933-943. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2010.09.030

Author Dolnicar, Sara
Hurlimann, Anna
Grün, Bettina
Title What affects public acceptance of recycled and desalinated water?
Journal name Water Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0043-1354
Publication date 2011-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.watres.2010.09.030
Volume 45
Issue 2
Start page 933
End page 943
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher IWA Publishing
Language eng
Abstract This paper identifies factors that are associated with higher levels of public acceptance for recycled and desalinated water. For the first time, a wide range of hypothesized factors, both of socio-demographic and psychographic nature, are included simultaneously. The key results, based on a survey study of about 3000 respondents are that: (1) drivers of the stated likelihood of using desalinated water differ somewhat from drivers of the stated likelihood of using recycled water; (2) positive perceptions of, and knowledge about, the respective water source are key drivers for the stated likelihood of usage; and (3) awareness of water scarcity, as well as prior experience with using water from alternative sources, increases the stated likelihood of use. Practical recommendations for public policy makers, such as key messages to be communicated to the public, are derived.
Keyword Recycled water
Desalinated water
Public acceptance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
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