STRIVE - Small Scale Study, Public Awareness, Perception and Attitudes towards DWWTSs in Ireland

STRIVE - Small Scale Study, Public Awareness, Perception and Attitudes towards DWWTSs in Ireland

The new EPA Inspection Plan for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (DWWTSs) is being introduced in 2013. A key priority of the Plan is a public awareness campaign to promote best practice relating to the operation and maintenance of DWWTS. It is proposed that the early part of 2013 will focus on engagement strategies. Effective implementation of the Plan is reliant on the roll out of effective engagement strategies. Due to the large number of DWWTSs in Ireland and the relatively low number of inspections, it is critically important that the strategies inform the owners of DWWTSs of what they can do to properly operate and maintain their system as well as raising awareness relating to the seriousness of the possible health implications if their DWWTS isn't working. The objectives of the proposed small-scale study will be to: 1. To determine the effectiveness of the engagement strategies and public awareness campaign as part of the EPA National Inspection Plan for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (DWWTSs) 2. To gauge public awareness perception, attitudes towards and behavioural change attitude in relation to DWWTSs in Ireland. 3. To influence/inform future strategies for behavioural change about the operation and maintenance of DWWTS.

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Environmental Protection Agency 2013-W-SS-10
Paul Hynds

Keywords: Domestic Wastewater Treatment Systems; Public awareness; Inspections; Health

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