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Public Perception of Desalination

Date: 26th August 2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Hill Lecture Theatre, Education and Humanities Building South Street Campus

A presentation by researchers from Murdoch, Edith Cowan, Deakin and Victoria universities on the results of a national survey of public attitudes to desalination in Australia.

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Desalination as a method of ensuring a rainfall independent source of potable water has become an increasingly favourable option for Australian governments, particularly over the past decade or so. This is especially true for metropolitan areas.  The social acceptability of new sources of water, however, impacts on the readiness with which the public accepts changed or augmented water supplies.

Researchers at Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University, Deakin University and Victoria University, with funding from the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia (NCEDA), have conducted a study of public attitudes to desalination in Australia.

This presentation outlines the results of an two year project which comprised a national survey, focus groups in the vicinity of three existing or developing desalination plants and interviews with desalination scientists and other technical experts.

Email by Friday 23 August 2013 if you would like to attend.


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