What drives safe water users to use clean transport and storage containers and to disinfect water? What are the psychosocial determinants of drinking safe water? If we know these determinants, we can design interventions that are tailored to the local water situation, to the most appropriate water disinfection method, and to the factors most important to the local population.
In a recent article, we analyzed 14 studies that identified the psychosocial factors steering safe water collection, treatment, handling, and storage practices. The studies were conducted in nine countries: Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nicaragua, USA, and Zimbabwe.
Here the link to the article and the link to the annex with the table about the studies, safe water use, and countries.
Safe drinking water (pdf)
Annex with the table (pdf)
This comparative study may give you practical guidance about the behavioral factors you should consider when planning or reviewing your interventions targeting safe water behavior.
You can also see which behavioral factors influence safe water consumption in nearly all countries; these factors should always be taken into account when designing behavior change interventions for safe water consumption.
With this information, you can then select the behavior change techniques you should apply from the RANAS catalog. However, we always recommend conducting a short survey with at least 100 households and a doer/non-doer analysis to be sure that you have identified the actual behavioral determinants of the behavior you want to change.