Comparing public perceptions of alternative water sources for potable use: the case of rainwater, stormwater, desalinated water, and recycled water

Fielding, Kelly S., Gardner, John, Leviston, Zoe and Price J. (2015) Comparing public perceptions of alternative water sources for potable use: the case of rainwater, stormwater, desalinated water, and recycled water. Water Resources Management, 29 12: 4501-4518. doi:10.1007/s11269-015-1072-1


Author Fielding, Kelly S.
Gardner, John
Leviston, Zoe
Price J.
Title Comparing public perceptions of alternative water sources for potable use: the case of rainwater, stormwater, desalinated water, and recycled water
Journal name Water Resources Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0920-4741
1573-1650
Publication date 2015-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11269-015-1072-1
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 29
Issue 12
Start page 4501
End page 4518
Total pages 18
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This research investigated how people’s perceptions of alternative water sources compare with their perceptions of other technologies, and identified significant predictors of comfort with different alternative water sources. We drew on data from four questionnaire survey studies with a total sample of more than 1200 Australian participants. Relative levels of comfort with the alternative water sources was consistent across the four studies: comfort was always highest for drinking rainwater and lowest for drinking recycled water, with comfort with drinking treated stormwater and desalinated water sitting between these two. Although comfort with drinking recycled water was always lowest of the four alternative water sources, participants were significantly more comfortable with drinking recycled water than they were with nuclear energy, or with using genetically modified plants and animals for food. In general, demographic variables were less important predictors of comfort with alternative water sources than were psychological variables; only age and gender emerged as relatively consistent predictors for recycled water, stormwater, and desalinated water, with older participants and males more comfortable with drinking these water sources. Of the psychological variables, participants’ comfort with technology in general, trust in science and trust in government emerged consistently as significant positive predictors of comfort with drinking recycled water, stormwater, and desalinated water.
Keyword Desalinated water
Public perceptions
Rainwater
Recycled water
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
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