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Recreational Access to Drinking Water Catchments

Project Number # 1124

Understanding impacts of recreational access to Drinking Water Catchments and Storages in Australia

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Source water protection underpins the safety and affordability of drinking water supplies whereby prevention of contamination provides greater surety than removal of contaminants. As part of the multiple barrier approach, the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines emphasises the protection of source waters to the maximum degree possible. Water utilities have been placed under increasing pressure to introduce or increase recreational access to drinking water catchments and water storages. There is also a lack of consensus around recreational access approaches across Australia.