Public perception and water quality management

Margaret A. House

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The visual and odorous characteristics of the environment tend to be those which have the greatest impact upon the public's assessment of environmental quality. In many cases the public's perception of water quality may be based entirely on these aesthetic aspects of a water environment. Those responsible for the management of surface water quality recognise the need to apply a range of management strategies including a consideration of the public's perception of water quality and the impact of this upon their use of rivers and beaches for recreation and amenity. This paper reports upon the results from a recent investigation into the impact of sewage derived litter on perceived water and environmental quality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-32
Number of pages8
JournalWater Science and Technology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Litter
  • Public perception
  • River water quality
  • Sewage-derived contaminants
  • Survey


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