A Tale of Two Cities: Who has the cleanest drinking water, Melbourne or Sydney?

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Tracing the history of social analyses of drinking water contamination, this globally informed interdisciplinary research uses primary and secondary data to qualitatively examine perceptions of Sydney and Melbourne's drinking water quality from authorities and consumers. Data from 51 face-to-face interviews conducted in Melbourne and Sydney (December 2007-February 2008) is presented in light of publicised water contamination issues and publicly available microbial water analyses. Among those interviewed, 11% of the Melbourne and 21% of the Sydney sample assert no concerns about their drinking water. Contextualised within existing news media coverage of drinking water contamination from the onset of the 1998 Sydney Water Crisis through February, 2008, socio-cultural analysis highlights differences in water quality perceptions exist among interviewees, despite a lack of significant microbial contamination.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTASA 2008 conference
Subtitle of host publicationRe-imagining Sociology
EditorsT. Majoribanks, J. Barraket, J-S Chang, A. Dawson, M Henry- Henry-Waring, A. Kenyon, R. Kokanovic, J. Lewis, D. Lusher, D. Nolan, P. Pyett, R. Robins, D. Warr, J. Wyn
Place of PublicationMelbourne
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780734039842
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventAustralian Sociological Association Annual Conference - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Duration: 02 Dec 200805 Dec 2008


ConferenceAustralian Sociological Association Annual Conference


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