Providing information promotes greater public support for potable recycled water

Fielding, Kelly S. and Roiko, Anne H. (2014) Providing information promotes greater public support for potable recycled water. Water Research, 61 86-96. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2014.05.002

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Author Fielding, Kelly S.
Roiko, Anne H.
Title Providing information promotes greater public support for potable recycled water
Journal name Water Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0043-1354
Publication date 2014-09-15
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.watres.2014.05.002
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 61
Start page 86
End page 96
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 2302 Ecological Modelling
2312 Water Science and Technology
2311 Waste Management and Disposal
2310 Pollution
Abstract In spite of the clear need to address water security through sourcing new and alternative water supplies, there has been marked resistance from some communities to the introduction of recycled water for potable use. The present studies tested the effectiveness of providing relatively brief information about the recycled water process and the safety of recycled water on cognitive, emotional and behavioral responses. Three information conditions (basic information or basic information plus information about pollutants in the water, or information that puts the risk of chemicals in the water in perspective) were compared to a no information control condition. Across three experiments there was general support for the hypothesis that providing information would result in more positive cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses to recycled water. Information increased comfort with potable recycled water and, in general, participants in the information conditions expressed more positive emotions (Experiment 1 & 3), less negative emotions (Experiment 3), more support (Experiment 1 & 3), and lower risk perceptions (Experiment 1 & 3) than those in the no information control condition. Participants who received information also drank more recycled water than control participants (Experiment 1 & 2, although the differences between conditions was not statistically significant) and were significantly more likely to vote in favor of the introduction of a recycled water scheme (Experiment 3). There was evidence, however, that providing information about the level of pollutants in recycled water may lead to ambivalent responses.
Keyword Information
Potable recycled water
Public acceptance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID FT100100704
Institutional Status UQ

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