In a participatory and iterative process, we developed community-based interventions and performed household interventions, how psychological ownership and habitual water collection can be fostered best in the local context. To date, 3148 water samples were analyzed and 2265 interviews were conducted. The results are continuosly disseminated at international conferences, and lectures or workshops in India. The most important finding so far is:
Psychological ownership is understood in the local context of rural Bihar and safe water supply infrastructure. Psychological ownership can therefore be measured and is associated with certain routes (antecedents) and certain consequences:
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Currently, we are implementing the interventions in the 64 habitations. Since Sars-Covid-19 outbreak started, we integrated a preventive low-level intervention also on this specific disease. After completing the interventions in November 2020, we will conduct a midline survey to assess the effects of the interventions. Before monsoon 2021, we will conduct an endline survey to assess long-term effects of the interventions.