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dc.contributor.authorGómez Román, Cristina
dc.contributor.authorLima, Luisa
dc.contributor.authorVila Tojo, Sergio
dc.contributor.authorCorrea Chica, Jully Andrea
dc.contributor.authorLema Rodicio, Juan Manuel
dc.contributor.authorSabucedo Cameselle, José Manuel
dc.identifier.citationGómez-Román, C.; Lima, L.; Vila-Tojo, S.; Correa-Chica, A.; Lema, J.; Sabucedo, J.-M. “Who Cares?”: The Acceptance of Decentralized Wastewater Systems in Regions without Water Problems. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 9060
dc.description.abstractThere is a growing interest in decentralized wastewater treatment systems, especially in regions with water scarcity problems or water management issues. This study aims to determine whether the perceived advantages and disadvantages (leading to acceptance) of decentralized wastewater plants in such regions are the same in regions where the population is not aware of these water issues. Firstly, this study systematically reviews previous findings on public perceptions of the acceptance of decentralized wastewater treatment systems. Then, the study details the results of a focus group study to determine whether the elements identified in the literature are also relevant in a region where people are unaware of water problems. The results show that a lack of awareness of water issues seems to be a critical factor influencing acceptance. Reframing the usefulness of these systems by focusing on other aspects, such as environmental sustainability, is key
dc.description.sponsorshipThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 730285. The authors belong to the Galician Competitive Research Group GRC/GPC2016-017- GI-1456, COSOYPA, and to the CRETUS Strategic Partnership (AGRUP2015/02). All these programs are co-funded by FEDER (UE). The first author also wants to acknowledge the financial support of the Consellería de Cultura, Educación e Ordenación Universitaria, and the Consellería de Economía, Emprego e Industria of the Xunta de Galicia
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dc.subjectDecentralized plants
dc.subjectSystematic review
dc.subjectFocus group
dc.subjectPublic acceptance
dc.title“Who Cares?”: The Acceptance of Decentralized Wastewater Systems in Regions without Water Problems
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversidade de Santiago de Compostela. Departamento de Enxeñaría Química
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversidade de Santiago de Compostela. Departamento de Psicoloxía Social, Básica e Metodoloxía
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversidade de Santiago de Compostela. Instituto Interdisciplinar de Tecnoloxías Ambientais (CRETUS)

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