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Water as a resource

Watercolour: Cecilia Fredriksson

Water is a fundamental resource for all life on Earth. The way we use water is a crucial part of the transition towards a more sustainable society. The purpose of this directive is to gain insights into people's experiences with water and their daily practices related to it. The questions have been created by an interdisciplinary project that includes two faculties at Lund University - social science and technology - as well as the city of Helsingborg and RecoLab (

This directive does not require any identifying information, and participation is voluntary. Background information is requested only to contextualize the responses. The collected responses will be archived at the Folklife Archives at Lund University, and will be accessible for research and public use.

Cecilia Fredrikson, professor of ethnology at the Department of Service Studies, Campus Helsingborg/Lund University is the project manager responsible for this initiative and can be reached at

For any inquiries regarding archiving and access, please contact Gabi Louisedotter at

The importance of water

What is your perception of the importance of water in our society? What is your relationship with water? Has it changed over time and, if so, in what ways? Feel free to associate.

Use of water

How do you come into contact with water in your everyday life? Describe at least three ways in which you use water in your daily life.

In what ways do you use water in your free time, e.g. on a camping trip, in a holiday home, or on a vacation?

Can you imagine using water from alternative sources, such as private wells, wetlands or similar? Please describe the challenges and opportunities related to your experiences.

Water supply

Have you ever experienced a water shortage? Tell us about it!

Do you keep water in reserve and for what purpose? How do you save water and how much?

Do you store drinking water for emergencies? In what way and how much?

Do you make use of rainwater? How do you go about it?

Can you imagine reusing water in your household? In what ways?

Do you have experience in purifying water on your own and if so, how?

How do you feel about using shower water for irrigation?

What do you know about water recycling?

From your perspective, how could we manage water more sustainably?

As a citizen, do you feel that you can influence or contribute to more sustainable use of water in your neighbourhood, and if so, how / why not?

What new ways of managing water would you say are more sustainable?

Routes of water

Do you know where the water used in your household goes?

Do you know the source of the water in your household?

Have you ever visited a water treatment plant? What was your experience?

Do you wonder about the water cycle? Tell us from the perspective of your household!

How would you describe water treatment in relation to the cycle between your household and the sea/lake?

Resources from water, water as a resource

How do you feel about using the nutrients in wastewater as plant fertiliser in your garden?

If it would be more sustainable to eat food fertilised/grown with wastewater - what are your thoughts on this?

What would be required for nutrients recovered from wastewater to be perceived as clean/safe for you?


Estimate roughly how much water you consume in total per day (please use liters):

Year of birth: 
Which of these categories describes your personal income per month this year (Swedish krona SEK):
Postal code: 

Residence (weekdays):

(This question is mandatory)

I consent to my response being archived in The Folklife Archives collections at Lund University, and that my response may be used in a research context.

In order for your response to be archived in the Folklife Archives of Lund University, you must provide your consent. It is mandatory to answer this question, but voluntary to respond to the directive. Your answer may be used for research purposes.

The Folklife Archives is a division of Lund University that was established in 1913 and has always been closely related to the university's teaching and research. Since its inception, the archive has relied on questionnaires to gather information. Responses to directives are archived in a publicly accessible archive that is utilized by students, researchers, and the general public.

Please note that this directive does not request any identifying personal information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the archive at Any personal data provided is treated with care to ensure that it remains anonymous and cannot be linked to any individual in publications.

The personal data controller is Lund University, and you can find the personal data representative and data protection representative at the university administration's section for law and document management. They can be reached at Paradisgatan 5 B, Lund or by calling +46 46 222 09 85.

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