The possibility of treated wastewater does not assure expanded use, as social and psychological barriers may block its reuse. Some of these barriers include perspectives such as emotional disgust connected with using treated wastewater, health concerns, lack of awareness of treatment of wastewater, and lower level of trust upon performing agencies due to corruption. Worldwide, little is known of how people in multiple cultural contexts decide about reusing of conditioned wastewater. In technical terms, safe reuse strategies around the world have not been much effective because communities and other stakeholders have been unwilling to use the treated wastewater.
A part of the govt.'s project, seeks to understand social, economic, and corporate obstacles to the reuse of treated wastewater and recognize socially permissible and cheaply feasible alternatives for stakeholders consisting individuals, communities, businesses, and government agencies which are targeted consumers of this treated wastewater.
The major activities that will be initiated to meet these purposes include:
- • Mapping and recognition of key institutions and stakeholders along the wastewater treatment and reuse value chain; their roles and responsibilities; and the manner in which they interact with each other;
- • Developing a baseline of current perceptions towards wastewater treatment and reuse among various socio-economic groups in New Delhi;
- • Developing a standard of current ways in which people among various socio-economic groups in the project city reuse wastewater;
- • Identifying key barriers (social, economic, and legal) to the healthy reuse of treated wastewater and opportunities to overcome these barriers; and
- • Assessing socially permissible and economically feasible options to attract attention of the people, local communities (for e.g. farmers), businesses, government agencies, and institutions in wastewater treatment and reuse. This will entail an affordable analysis of different reuse options, entrepreneurship progress along these reuse options, and mediation to raise awareness on the issue.