Public Awareness, Behaviours and Attitudes towards Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems in the Republic of Ireland

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An independent study of public awareness, perceptions and attitudes towards domestic wastewater treatment systems was instigated in 2012 and subsequently received Small Scale Study funding under the EPA STRIVE research programme. The objective of this study was to inform the implementation of the first strand of the National Inspection Program, the public engagement strategy, by examining levels of awareness and subsequent behavioural tendencies among owners and users of DWWTSs. A follow-up survey was undertaken in late 2013 to investigate public attitudes towards information availability, content and sources, with the goal of informing both current and future engagement strategies.

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Dr. Paul Hynds
Trinity College Dublin

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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=3070
Resource KeywordsSeptic tanks, public awareness, engagement
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2013-W-SS-10
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeWaste and Resource Management
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 2
Project Start Date Wednesday 1st August 2012 (01-08-2012)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Wednesday 1st August 2012 (01-08-2012)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Wednesday 30th April 2014 (30-04-2014)
Published on SAFERThursday 18th September 2014 (18-09-2014)
Date of Last EditThursday 18th September 2014 at 20:34:29 (18-09-2014)
Datasets or Files Updated On Thursday 18th September 2014 at 20:34:29 (18-09-2014)

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This survey was carried out among members of the public throughout the Republic of Ireland. The pre-engagement survey was carried out using a combination of an internet-based questionnaire distributed among the rural population via a number of national non-professional interest groups, and face-to-face group interviews. The post-engagement survey was solely internet based.

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An independent study of public awareness, perceptions and attitudes towards DWWTSs was instigated in 2012 in light of the impending regulation and issues surrounding DWWTS as a primary contamination source for private wells. In late 2012 this study was identified as a valuable source of information on DWWTS users before any engagement strategy implementation, and was subsequently funded as a Small Scale Study under the STRIVE research programme. A second survey was funded to investigate post-engagement attitudes and behaviours among DWWTS users following the implementation of DWWTS regulation.
Supplementary Information
Methods and results from this study are detailed in the final project report "Public Awareness, Behaviours and Attitudes towards Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems in the Republic of Ireland (2013-W-SS-10)"
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Results from the pre-engagement survey are discussed in detail in:
Naughton, O., Hynds, P.D., 2013. Public Awareness, Behaviours and Attitudes towards Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems in the Republic of Ireland. Journal of Hydrology, 518(A): p108-119

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