Water recycling and its re-use is an important method to manage water resources. Technically, treated wastewater can be re-used for domestic, agricultural, and industrial purposes such as irrigation, industrial cooling and even for drinking.
However, technically sound reuse plans around the world have sometimes failed because communities did not want to use the treated wastewater. The perceptions of communities and other stakeholders on water reuse are of critical importance. Yet there is still much to learn on how people in different cultural contexts make their decisions regarding the reuse of treated wastewater.
To make water reuse successful, a socially accepted implementation strategy is needed. This research project seeks to understand social, economic, and institutional barriers to the reuse of treated wastewater. By doing so, socially acceptable and economically viable options for a range of stakeholders (including individuals, communities, businesses, and government agencies) can be identified.