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Potable Water Reuse

Project Number # 3039

Potable Water Reuse: What can Australia learn from global experience?

Across the world, population growth, climate variability and pollution are placing increasing strain on traditional water resources. Already, many cities and towns have needed to expand the capacity of their water supplies and have turned to planned potable reuse (i.e. use of recycled water for drinking), as part of their overall water supply management strategy.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised that “potable reuse represents a realistic, practical and relatively climate independent source of drinking-water”. However, the WHO also recognises that potable reuse systems are highly complex and require appropriate resources and capabilities for successful implementation.

For this reason, it is advisable for any jurisdiction contemplating the development of a potable reuse project to equip themselves with a comprehensive understanding of global experiences, use these to inform an appropriate regulatory approach, and apply this to the current status of ‘best practice’ for project design and management.

The Water Research Australia project Potable Water Reuse – What can Australia learn from global experience? provides a current update of the global status of planned potable reuse as a water supply strategy. The final project report aims to inform and support Australian decision makers and their advisers, as they consider appropriate policies for future drinking water supply augmentation and management.

Please note the Portable Executive Summary provided below is to assist you to use the findings of the report within your business.

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