A preliminary assessment of the reuse potential of effluent and urban stormwater in South Australia

390,000 Ml of effluent and urban stormwater is estimated to be generated throughout Australia annually, of which less than 5% is reused. Quality is variable as is the impact of discharges on the environment and the health of receiving waters. These impacts can on occasions be unacceptably damaging. The degree to which the environment can be properly protected, amenity improved and development potential enhanced will depend on 'proving' what would appear to be a considerable opportunity for the improved management of these 'alternative' resources. Instances have already occurred in both metropolitan Adelaide and country towns where practical and successful schemes have been introduced for the irrigation of parks, playing fields, golf courses etc. These uses do not in general require a quality much improved on that 'normally' available as urban stormwater or discharges of effluent from sewage treatment plants and common effluent schemes.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: Engineering and the environment: local government engineering conference - Adelaide, 18-19 March 1992

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  • Accession Number: 01432794
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 5:13PM