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Table 2 Themes, sub-themes and issues highlighted by the participants for all questions explored

From: Perception of drinking water safety and factors influencing acceptance and sustainability of a water quality intervention in rural southern India

Broad theme Sub-theme Issues
Health-effects of unsafe water Water-borne or associateda Diarrhea, malaria, dengue, typhoid, cholera, elephantiasis, loose stools
Other diseases Vomiting, cold, fever, cough, headache, lethargy, sneezing, lack of appetite, mental retardation
Water treatment in the household Conditions for treatment Treatment only done for children, treated water for adults when sick, treating water during rainy season
Method of treatment Boiling, warming, filtering with a cloth or sieve
Feedback for the study intervention Aesthetics of filtered water Lesser salt in water, taste of water different, no difference in taste, better tasting water, tastes bitter like mineral water, water has better colour
Safety of filtered water Water appears cleaner, water doesn’t have germs or dust, filtered water is free from infection
Health benefits of filtered water Children falls ill less, children are healthier, savings on hospital bills
Non-health benefits of filtered water Food is tastier with filtered water, cooking only done using filtered water
Other feedback Unable to spot difference, place of provision inconvenient, no support at home to collect water
Support for the intervention Complete support Service for filtration needs to be continued, expectation of a water provision centre near respondent houses, service very useful, having intervention is added advantage to the village
Mixed feelings Unsure if intervention will be accepted, support from husband/wife important, Village leaders only have the power to help establish intervention, cooperation may not be possible
Willingness to pay for clean water Fees willing to pay INR 30/month (USD 0.50/month), INR 100/month (USD 1.60/month), INR 150/month (USD 2.40/ month)
Unwilling to pay No one will pay money for filters water, not village dwellers responsibility to pay, difficulty in collecting maintenance costs from village dwellers
Other suggestions Need to discuss with husband/wife, explore other ways of keeping costs down (maybe parents themselves look after maintenance and water delivery), need to pass a resolution at the village level to have such a service.
  1. aUsing the modified Bradley classification of water-related infections [40]