Wastewater Reclamation for Sustainable Water Use: Results of a Public Attitudinal Survey

By Thiruvenkatachari Viraraghavan, M.J. Barrett and Paul Hart.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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An initial survey was conducted in Regina by interviewing a limited number of local residents in order to assess public acceptance of reclaimed water for industrial and public lawn use; the need for reclaimed water is prompted by the likely water scarcity in Regina and the use of treated water conveyed over a long distance to low-end uses such as cooling water in industries. The important findings of the survey are as follows: Emphasizing the likely scarcity of water in Regina and Prairies in general is essential if reclaimed water is to be used; Use of reclaimed water would require incentives/ conditions such as reduced allocation of groundwater, price increase of city water or other regulatory conditions; Use of reclaimed water for irrigation of parks and road medians evoked little resistance; and An educational program is necessary before the project is considered for implementation.

Keywords: Wastewater Reclamation, Sustainable Water Use, Water Quality, Public Acceptance

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp.79-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 533.603KB).

Prof. Thiruvenkatachari Viraraghavan

Professor Emeritus, Environmental Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

M.J. Barrett

Doctoral student, Faculty of Education, University of Saskatchewan, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Prof. Paul Hart

Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada


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