What affects public acceptance of recycled and desalinated water?

Dolnicar, Sara and Hurlimann, Anna and Grün, Bettina ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7265-4773 (2011) What affects public acceptance of recycled and desalinated water? Water Research, 45 (2). pp. 933-943. ISSN 0043-1354

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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. (authors' abstract)

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Additional Information: This study was funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) through the Discovery Grant (DP0878338) and the Linkage International Grant scheme (LX0881890) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) Hertha-Firnberg Grant T351-N18. Open Access funded by Austrian Science Fund (FWF).
Keywords: recycled water / desalinated water / public acceptance
Divisions: Departments > Finance, Accounting and Statistics > Statistics and Mathematics
Version of the Document: Published
Variance from Published Version: None
Depositing User: Elena Simukovic
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2016 15:09
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2021 10:37
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URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/5255


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