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Table 2 Respondent explanations for being "very concerned" or "concerned" about their private water supply safety (n = 123)

From: Public perceptions of drinking water: a postal survey of residents with private water supplies

Explanation Frequency Percent
Contamination 62 41.6
   (General) (23) (15.4)
   (Pesticides/chemicals) (20) (13.4)
   (Bacteria/fecal run-off) (19) (12.8)
Disease/overall health 38 25.5
Fundamental necessity of water 19 12.8
Susceptibility of aquifer to external factors 14 9.4
Walkerton/media stories 8 5.4
Water testing 6 4.0
   (Distrust in testing/regulations) (3) (2.0)
   (Minimal/no testing performed) (2) (1.3)
   (Long test turnaround times) (1) (0.7)
Lack of information on private water supplies 2 1.3
Total 149* 100
  1. as described in response to an open-ended question
  2. * total number of explanations exceeds total number of respondents because of multiple explanations per respondent