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Exploring household acceptance of rainwater and recycled greywater : towards sustainable water practices

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Using multiple water sources, such as rainwater and recycled greywater, alongside freshwater can help protect freshwater resources. To investigate the impact of perceived water scarcity on people's willingness to reduce tap water consumption and increase the usage of rain and recycled greywater, we conducted an online survey with 2,623 participants in Belgium. The survey assessed participants' willingness to use three different water sources (tap water, rainwater, recycled greywater) for various household activities. The results showed that the acceptance of alternative water sources varied depending on the activity, with recycled greywater being more accepted for home cleaning and toilet flushing, while rainwater was preferred for cooking and showering. Sequential regression analysis was employed to examine the effects of risk appraisal, coping appraisal, moral obligation, and socio-demographic factors on the willingness to use each water source. The analysis revealed that self-efficacy, moral obligation, perceived future water scarcity, age, gender, and education significantly influenced the willingness to use recycled greywater. Perceived water scarcity, self-efficacy, and socio-demographic factors affected the willingness to use rainwater and greywater. However, the willingness to conserve tap water was primarily influenced by self-efficacy rather than risk appraisal. Overall, these findings highlight the potential of promoting alternative water sources, specifically recycled greywater, at the household level to alleviate pressure on freshwater distribution, given the importance of self-efficacy as a driving factor for intentions and behaviours.
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Water-usage, Risk-perceptions, Moral-olbigation, Self-efficacy

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Vazquez Casaubon, Estefanya Charlotte, and Veroline Cauberghe. “Exploring Household Acceptance of Rainwater and Recycled Greywater : Towards Sustainable Water Practices.” BEHAVE 2023 : The 7th European Conference on Behaviour Change for Energy Efficiency, Conference Proceedings, 2023, pp. 155–155.
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Vazquez Casaubon, E. C., & Cauberghe, V. (2023). Exploring household acceptance of rainwater and recycled greywater : towards sustainable water practices. BEHAVE 2023 : The 7th European Conference on Behaviour Change for Energy Efficiency, Conference Proceedings, 155–155.
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Vazquez Casaubon, Estefanya Charlotte, and Veroline Cauberghe. 2023. “Exploring Household Acceptance of Rainwater and Recycled Greywater : Towards Sustainable Water Practices.” In BEHAVE 2023 : The 7th European Conference on Behaviour Change for Energy Efficiency, Conference Proceedings, 155–155.
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Vazquez Casaubon, Estefanya Charlotte, and Veroline Cauberghe. 2023. “Exploring Household Acceptance of Rainwater and Recycled Greywater : Towards Sustainable Water Practices.” In BEHAVE 2023 : The 7th European Conference on Behaviour Change for Energy Efficiency, Conference Proceedings, 155–155.
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Vazquez Casaubon EC, Cauberghe V. Exploring household acceptance of rainwater and recycled greywater : towards sustainable water practices. In: BEHAVE 2023 : the 7th European Conference on Behaviour Change for Energy Efficiency, Conference proceedings. 2023. p. 155–155.
IEEE
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E. C. Vazquez Casaubon and V. Cauberghe, “Exploring household acceptance of rainwater and recycled greywater : towards sustainable water practices,” in BEHAVE 2023 : the 7th European Conference on Behaviour Change for Energy Efficiency, Conference proceedings, Maastricht, the Netherlands, 2023, pp. 155–155.
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freshwater can help protect freshwater resources. To investigate the impact of perceived 
water scarcity on people's willingness to reduce tap water consumption and increase the 
usage of rain and recycled greywater, we conducted an online survey with 2,623 
participants in Belgium. The survey assessed participants' willingness to use three different 
water sources (tap water, rainwater, recycled greywater) for various household activities. 
The results showed that the acceptance of alternative water sources varied depending on 
the activity, with recycled greywater being more accepted for home cleaning and toilet 
flushing, while rainwater was preferred for cooking and showering. Sequential regression 
analysis was employed to examine the effects of risk appraisal, coping appraisal, moral 
obligation, and socio-demographic factors on the willingness to use each water source. The 
analysis revealed that self-efficacy, moral obligation, perceived future water scarcity, age, 
gender, and education significantly influenced the willingness to use recycled greywater. 
Perceived water scarcity, self-efficacy, and socio-demographic factors affected the 
willingness to use rainwater and greywater. However, the willingness to conserve tap water 
was primarily influenced by self-efficacy rather than risk appraisal. Overall, these findings 
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greywater, at the household level to alleviate pressure on freshwater distribution, given the 
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