|December 2006||National Research Flagship||Water For A Healthy Country|
Interpreting householder preferences to evaluate
However, now communities all over Australia are not just asking for good quality, reliable water, they also want a say in where the water comes from. Since success of new water technologies is also dependent on community acceptance, understanding what influences acceptance is critical.
A Water for a Healthy Country Flagship researchers have developed an attitudinal model that can both evaluate the likelihood of acceptability of a water supply system and also allow water systems to be tailored to community requirements through an understanding of whatís important to them in judging acceptability.
CSIRO evaluation model
Attitudes and behaviours can change over time. Different attitudes can have great influence over people's decisions about different water supplies.
The CSIRO hypothetical model was based on a basic understanding of community preferences in relation to water services. It assumed that acceptance would depend on:
The model was initially assessed and modified using surveys in Perth and Melbourne assessing metropolitan-wide water supply case studies, both current and future. More recently it has been tested in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on future case studies at smaller (building and neighbourhood) scales. All testing provided survey respondents with realistic descriptions of the key aspects of the water supply systems.
Suburbs for the most recent assessments
were selected from all socio-economic groups. A total of 1205 respondents
were recruited across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with roughly equal
representation from both genders.
Robustness and consistency
Surprisingly, personal values and considerations of levels of service were not related to acceptability decisions in the final model.
Model for the Brisbane Case Study
This study provides, for the first time, a holistic cultural framework for evaluating water supply systems and an understanding of the basic psychology of how community acceptability decisions are made. It allows water supply systems to be tailored to community requirements.
What has developed from the study is an
evaluation tool for water utilities as well as urban developers and
planners. The final stage of the development of the tool will be the
compilation of the survey questionnaire with implementation and analytical
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The Water for a Healthy Country Flagship is a CSIRO initiative and part of the National Research Flagships program that aims to deliver scientific solutions to advance Australia's most important national objectives. One of the largest scientific initiatives ever mounted in Australia, it aligns closely with the Federal Government's National Research Priorities. The initiative brings together our national research resources to deliver breakthroughs in fields ranging from healthcare to light metals and the environment.
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