Water-recycling in South-East Queensland, Australia: What do men and women think?

Miller, Evonne & Buys, Laurie (2008) Water-recycling in South-East Queensland, Australia: What do men and women think? Rural Society Journal, 18(3).

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In January 2007, South-East Queensland became the first region in Australia to formally decide to introduce recycled water into the drinking supplies. Internationally, although water recycling occurs in the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore and Belgium, surprisingly little is known about public perceptions.

This article explores gender differences in knowledge and acceptance of water recycling as a solution to the water crisis in Australia. A postal survey of Pine Rivers Shire residents showed that both men and women attempted to use water responsibly and had deliberately made changes to reduce their household's water consumption in the past year.

All believed that the general community did not have adequate knowledge to vote on water recycling and were supportive of the government's decision to implement it without a referendum. Women were more dubious about the trustworthiness and science of the technology, while men were more knowledgeable and followed the debate more closely.

Men were more supportive of building dams and increasing the price of water, whereas women prioritised desalination and greywater. By highlighting the similarities and differences between men and women on the water crisis and water recycling in South-East Queensland, this research will inform the development of risk communication, education and engagement strategies

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ID Code: 16994
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: water recycling, gender
ISSN: 1037-1656
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Centre for Rural Social Research
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2008 05:28
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:45

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