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Table 4 Proportion of respondents for whom specific factors were important in deciding to use alternative water sources

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

Factor Very Important # (%) Important # (%) Total # (%)
Water treatment devices
Improved taste (n = 114) 53 (46.5) 38 (33.3) 91 (79.8)
Improved smell (n = 113) 52 (46.0) 35 (31.0) 87 (77.0)
Reduced bacteria (n = 115) 86 (74.8) 17 (14.8) 103 (89.6)
Reduced lead or other metals (n = 114) 67 (58.8) 26 (22.8) 94 (81.6)
Reduced chemicals (n = 114) 67 (58.8) 22 (19.3) 89 (78.1)
Reduced cloudiness (n = 113) 55 (48.7) 27 (23.9) 82 (72.6)
Reduced hardness (n = 114) 50 (43.9) 35 (30.7) 85 (74.6)
Bottled water
Improved taste (n = 130) 59 (45.4) 31 (23.8) 90 (69.2)
Improved smell (n = 128) 47 (36.7) 36 (28.1) 83 (64.8)
Reduced bacteria (n = 131) 70 (53.4) 23 (17.6) 93 (71.0)
Reduced lead or other metals (n = 124) 54 (43.6) 22 (17.7) 76 (61.3)
Reduced chemicals (n = 127) 58 (45.7) 24 (18.9) 82 (64.6)
Reduced cloudiness (n = 125) 47 (37.6) 33 (26.4) 80 (64.0)
Reduced hardness (n = 124) 38 (30.7) 34 (27.4) 72 (58.1)
Better safety testing/control (n = 128) 64 (50.0) 23 (18.0) 87 (68.0)