Acceptance and use of eight arsenic-safe drinking water options in Bangladesh


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INAUEN, Jennifer, Mohammad Mojahidul HOSSAIN, Richard B. JOHNSTON, Hans-Joachim MOSLER, 2013. Acceptance and use of eight arsenic-safe drinking water options in Bangladesh. In: PLoS ONE. 8(1), e53640. eISSN 1932-6203. Available under: doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0053640

@article{Inauen2013Accep-21538, title={Acceptance and use of eight arsenic-safe drinking water options in Bangladesh}, year={2013}, doi={10.1371/journal.pone.0053640}, number={1}, volume={8}, journal={PLoS ONE}, author={Inauen, Jennifer and Hossain, Mohammad Mojahidul and Johnston, Richard B. and Mosler, Hans-Joachim}, note={Article Number: e53640} }

<rdf:RDF xmlns:dcterms="" xmlns:dc="" xmlns:rdf="" xmlns:bibo="" xmlns:dspace="" xmlns:foaf="" xmlns:void="" xmlns:xsd="" > <rdf:Description rdf:about=""> <dcterms:bibliographicCitation>PLoS ONE ; 8 (2013), 1. - e53640</dcterms:bibliographicCitation> <dc:language>eng</dc:language> <dcterms:hasPart rdf:resource=""/> <dc:creator>Mosler, Hans-Joachim</dc:creator> <dc:creator>Inauen, Jennifer</dc:creator> <dcterms:title>Acceptance and use of eight arsenic-safe drinking water options in Bangladesh</dcterms:title> <dcterms:isPartOf rdf:resource=""/> <dc:date rdf:datatype="">2013-03-12T07:35:51Z</dc:date> <dc:contributor>Mosler, Hans-Joachim</dc:contributor> <void:sparqlEndpoint rdf:resource="http://localhost/fuseki/dspace/sparql"/> <dcterms:abstract xml:lang="eng">Arsenic contamination of drinking water is a serious public health threat. In Bangladesh, eight major safe water options provide an alternative to contaminated shallow tubewells: piped water supply, deep tubewells, pond sand filters, community arsenic-removal, household arsenic removal, dug wells, well-sharing, and rainwater harvesting. However, it is uncertain how well these options are accepted and used by the at-risk population. Based on the RANAS model (risk, attitudes, norms, ability, and self-regulation) this study aimed to identify the acceptance and use of available safe water options. Cross-sectional face-to-face interviews were used to survey 1,268 households in Bangladesh in November 2009 (n = 872), and December 2010 (n = 396). The questionnaire assessed water consumption, acceptance factors from the RANAS model, and socioeconomic factors. Although all respondents had access to at least one arsenic-safe drinking water option, only 62.1% of participants were currently using these alternatives. The most regularly used options were household arsenic removal filters (92.9%) and piped water supply (85.6%). However, the former result may be positively biased due to high refusal rates of household filter owners. The least used option was household rainwater harvesting (36.6%). Those who reported not using an arsenic-safe source differed in terms of numerous acceptance factors from those who reported using arsenic-safe sources: non-users were characterized by greater vulnerability; showed less preference for the taste and temperature of alternative sources; found collecting safe water quite time-consuming; had lower levels of social norms, selfefficacy, and coping planning; and demonstrated lower levels of commitment to collecting safe water. Acceptance was particularly high for piped water supplies and deep tubewells, whereas dug wells and well-sharing were the least accepted sources. Intervention strategies were derived from the results in order to increase the acceptance and use of each arsenicsafe water option.</dcterms:abstract> <foaf:homepage rdf:resource="http://localhost:8080/jspui"/> <dspace:hasBitstream rdf:resource=""/> <dc:contributor>Hossain, Mohammad Mojahidul</dc:contributor> <dcterms:available rdf:datatype="">2013-03-12T07:35:51Z</dcterms:available> <dc:rights>terms-of-use</dc:rights> <bibo:uri rdf:resource=""/> <dcterms:rights rdf:resource=""/> <dc:contributor>Johnston, Richard B.</dc:contributor> <dcterms:issued>2013</dcterms:issued> <dspace:isPartOfCollection rdf:resource=""/> <dc:creator>Johnston, Richard B.</dc:creator> <dc:contributor>Inauen, Jennifer</dc:contributor> <dc:creator>Hossain, Mohammad Mojahidul</dc:creator> </rdf:Description> </rdf:RDF>

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