Public Attitudes towards Socio-Cultural Aspects of Water Supply and Sanitation Services: Palestine as a Case Study

Marwan Haddad

Abstract


Identifying and considering public attitudes towards various aspects of water
supply and sanitation services by planners and decision makers represent an
important developmental element relating to the quality, efficiency, and
performance of those services. A sample of 1000 Palestinian adults completed a
questionnaire assessing attitudes towards socio-cultural and institutional aspects
of water supply and sanitation services. The Palestinian public was found to be
an important forward planner, aware of the various problems facing the sector,
willing to cooperate and support, critical of current governmental practices and
performances in the sector, and highly attached to its religious and ethical
values. The study revealed the need of the Palestinian Authority to reset its
water supply and sanitation priorities and upgrade and develop not only the
water system but also the way of knowing and disseminating knowledge related
to water supply and sanitation.

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