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Recycled Water Survey

Washington Water Trust is an environmental non-profit with a mission to restore rivers and streams throughout Washington State. We are asking for your help to understand consumer perceptions on the use of recycled water on food crops.

Recycled water is highly treated wastewater that has been filtered and disinfected to remove solids and other impurities. Simply put, recycled water is treated water that is used more than once.

This survey will first will take a few minutes and help inform the Recycled Water Project, which ultimately benefits Washington rivers and salmon!

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* 1. On a scale from 1 (never heard of) to 5 (extremely knowledgeable), please rate your current knowledge of the term "Recycled Water".

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* 2. Would you eat crops grown with recycled water?

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* 3. What is the main reason you would or would not eat crops grown with recycled water?

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* 4. Would you be more likely to purchase crops grown with recycled water if it helped protect endangered salmon?

In a 2020-2021 pilot study garden in the Sammamish Valley, researchers looked extensively at what Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) - unregulated chemicals - were present in vegetable crops (kale and carrots) irrigated with recycled water and compared them to vegetables irrigated with river water. CECs were present but, at such low amounts people would need to eat thousands of pounds of produce to reach a single dose of certain drugs. Crops irrigated with recycled water were found to be low-risk. Irrigating crops with recycled water does not pose a significant source of CECs to humans or the environment.

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* 5. After reading the information provided, please rate your current knowledge of the term "Recycled Water" again on a scale from 1 (never heard of) to 5 (extremely knowledgeable).

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* 6. After learning more information above what is found in produce grown with recycled water, would you eat crops grown with recycled water?

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* 7. What is the main reason you would or would not eat crops grown with recycled water?

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* 8. Would you be more likely to purchase crops grown with recycled water if it helped protect endangered salmon?

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