General Electric Survey Gauges Public Attitudes on Water and Water Reuse
A study conducted by General Electric in October revealed growing’ support for water reuse among Americans because people believe that it could help the U.S. be economically competitive and protect the environment. The survey of 3,000 consumers in the U.S., China, and Singapore found that 83 percent of those polled are concerned about the availability of water and 66 percent of Americans have positive attitudes toward water reuse. More than 80 percent of Americans strongly support using recycled water for non-drinking uses including agricultural irrigation, power generation, landscaping, industrial processing and manufacturing, and toilet flushing. In addition, 84 percent of Americans believe that water resources should be a national priority and 44 percent would be willing to pay more to ensure that future generation are less vulnerable to water shortages.