Working with an Aboriginal community to understand drinking water perceptions and acceptance in rural New South Wales
journal contributionposted on 16.05.2018, 00:00 by FG Jaravani, PD Massey, Jennifer JuddJennifer Judd, KA Taylor, J Allan, N Allan, DN Durrheim, M Oelgemoeller
This study explored the Walhallow Aboriginal community's experiences with drinking water to gain a shared understanding about community concerns and to develop ways to address these concerns together. There is a strong connection between people and water, as well as a need to appreciate the social factors associated with the unique cultural and socioeconomic factors that the provision of drinking water has for Aboriginal communities. We used a mixed method design within a community-based participatory action Research (PAR) framework. Water hardness and parental influence were the key factors associated with participants' decisions to drink rainwater. This study provides important insights for water supply authorities when assessing health risks and when choosing appropriate mitigation measures for water quality improvement programs in Aboriginal communities. © 2017, Western University.