Persuasion factors influencing the decision to use sustainable household water treatment

Int J Environ Health Res. 2010 Feb;20(1):61-79. doi: 10.1080/09603120903398301.


Solar water disinfection (SODIS) is a sustainable water treatment method. With the help of the sun and plastic bottles, water is treated and illnesses prevented. This paper aims to identify the factors influencing SODIS uptake, that is, why someone may become a SODIS user. This uptake decision can be influenced by persuasion. From behaviour theory, variables are recognised which have been proven to influence intention and behaviour and simultaneously can be influenced by persuasion. A total of (n = 878) structured interviews were conducted in a field study in Zimbabwe. Linear and binary logistic regressions showed that several of the initially proposed persuasion variables have significant influence. Persuasion factors have a stronger influence on the uptake of SODIS use and on intention to use SODIS in the future than on the amount of SODIS water consumed. Ideas are presented for using the effective variables in future SODIS campaigns and campaigns in other fields.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Disinfection / methods*
  • Family Characteristics*
  • Green Chemistry Technology
  • Persuasive Communication*
  • Regression Analysis
  • Rural Health
  • Solar Energy / statistics & numerical data*
  • Temperature
  • Water Microbiology*
  • Water Purification / methods*
  • Water Supply* / analysis
  • Water Supply* / standards
  • Zimbabwe