Desalinated versus recycled water: what does the public think?

Dolnicar, Sara and Hurlimann, Anna (2010). Desalinated versus recycled water: what does the public think?. In Isabel Escobar and Andrea Schäfer (Ed.), Sustainable Water for the Future: Water Recycling Versus Desalination (pp. 375-388) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/S1871-2711(09)00213-X


Author Dolnicar, Sara
Hurlimann, Anna
Title of chapter Desalinated versus recycled water: what does the public think?
Title of book Sustainable Water for the Future: Water Recycling Versus Desalination
Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S1871-2711(09)00213-X
Open Access Status
Series Sustainability Science and Engineering
ISBN 9780444531155
9780080932170
ISSN 1871-2711
Editor Isabel Escobar
Andrea Schäfer
Volume number 2
Chapter number 13
Start page 375
End page 388
Total pages 14
Total chapters 14
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
A survey involving 1495 Australians was conducted, asking them about their likelihood of using desalinated and recycled water for a range of purposes and for their assessment of statements related to desalinated and recycled water. Results indicate that – in contrast to study findings three years ago – the stated likelihood of using desalinated water was higher than that for recycled water for all purposes. The analysis of attitudinal statements provides insight into the possible reasons for these results: Australians perceive recycled water as a higher health risk and desalinated water as more expensive. Perceived health risk appears to dominate people's perceptions, leading to lower stated likelihood of use rates for recycled water. Implications for public policy are discussed.
Keyword Salinity gradient energy
Water recycling
Desalination
Public opinion
Attitudes
Australia
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Book Chapter
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