Skip to main content

Advertisement

Table 2 Proportion of respondents with drilled wells, dug wells or RPRS for whom specific factors were ‘important’/‘very important’ in deciding to use in-home water treatment methods and/or occasionally consume water from alternative sources instead of household tap water, Newfoundland and Labrador, 2007

From: Investigating public perceptions and knowledge translation priorities to improve water safety for residents with private water supplies: a cross-sectional study in Newfoundland and Labrador

Factors important & very important Among drilled well owners # (%; 95% CI) Among dug well owners # (%; 95% CI) Among RPRS consumer # (%; 95% CI)
Water treatment devices n = 118 n = 105 n = 8
Improved taste 78 (66.1; 57.2-74.0) 75 (71.4; 62.2-79.2) 5 (62.5; 30.6-86.3)
Improved smell 70 (59.3; 50.3-67.7) 67 (63.8; 54.3-72.4) 6 (75.0; 40.9-92.9)
Reduced germs/bacteria/E. coli 92 (78.0; 69.7-84.5) 89 (84.8; 76.7-90.4) 6 (75.0; 40.9-92.9)
Reduced metals or minerals 92 (78.0; 69.7-84.5) 74 (70.5; 61.2-78.4) 7 (87.5; 52.9-97.8)
Reduced chemicals 88 (74.6; 66.0-81.6) 76 (72.4; 63.2-80.0) 6 (75.0; 40.9-92.9)
Reduced cloudiness 76 (64.4; 55.4-72.5) 70 (66.7; 57.2-75.0) 6 (75.0; 40.9-92.9)
Reduced hardness 61 (51.7; 42.8-60.5) 55 (52.4; 42.9-61.7) 6 (75.0; 40.9-92.9)
Bottled water n = 79 n = 88 n = 9
Improved taste 48 (60.8; 49.7-70.8) 57 (64.8; 54.4-73.9) 5 (55.6; 26.7-81.1)
Improved smell 47 (59.5; 48.5-69.6) 53 (60.2; 49.8-69.8) 3 (33.3; 12.1-64.6)
Reduced germs/bacteria/E. coli 51 (64.6; 53.6-74.2) 64 (72.7; 62.6-80.9) 7 (77.8; 45.3-93.7)
Reduced metals or minerals 52 (65.8; 54.9-75.3) 59 (67.0; 56.7-76.0) 5 (55.6; 26.7-81.1)
Reduced chemicals 50 (63.3; 52.3-73.1) 59 (67.0; 56.7-76.0) 5 (55.6; 26.7-81.1)
Reduced cloudiness 47 (59.5; 48.5-69.6) 52 (59.1; 48.7-68.8) 6 (66.7; 35.4-87.9)
Reduced hardness 31 (39.2; 29.2-30.3) 48 (54.5; 44.2-64.5) 3 (33.3; 12.1-64.6)
Better safety testing/control 52 (65.8; 54.9-75.3) 61 (69.3; 59.0-78.0) 6 (66.7; 35.4-87.9)
Convenience 49 (62.0; 51.0-71.9) 58 (65.9; 55.5-75.0) 3 (33.3; 12.1-64.6)
Water from RPRS n = 8 n = 17 NA*
Improved taste 6 (75.0; 40.9-92.9) 15 (88.2; 65.7-96.7) -
Improved smell 6 (75.0; 40.9-92.9) 15 (88.2; 65.7-96.7) -
Reduced germs/bacteria/E. coli 6 (75.0; 40.9-92.9) 16 (94.1; 73.0-99.0) -
Reduced metals or minerals 5 (62.5; 30.6-86.3) 16 (94.1; 73.0-99.0) -
Reduced chemicals 5 (62.5; 30.6-86.3) 15 (88.2; 65.7-96.7) -
Reduced cloudiness 7 (87.5; 52.9-97.8) 13 (76.5; 52.7-90.4) -
Reduced hardness 5 (62.5; 30.6-86.3) 11 (64.7; 41.3-82.7) -
Convenience 0 (0.0; 0.0-32.44) 0 (0.0; 0.0-18.4) -
  1. *RPRS are the household tap water source for these respondents and thus are omitted here.