Attitudes and Health Effects of Water Reuse

by Richard C. Allison, Univ of Houston-Clear Lake, United States,
Roger Durand, Univ of Houston-Clear Lake, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Legal, Institutional, Financial and Environmental Aspects of Water Issues


This paper is concerned with public attitudes toward water reuse for irrigation and with the consequences of human contact with reclaimed wastewater. Initially, attitudes are considered with particular attention paid to the importance of public health standards in affecting such feelings. Then the health effects of using wastewater as an irrigation source, and the related matter of standards and guidelines for wastewater quality, are considered Finally, the paper concludes with a discussion of the implications of research findings on water reuse for irrigation.

Subject Headings: Public health and safety | Water management | Water quality | Health hazards | Water reclamation | Public opinions | Risk management | Irrigation

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