• Project No 3023
  • Project Name Assessing the human health risks associated with micropollutants in stormwater intended for beneficial reuse
  • Lead Organisation SA Water
  • Research Lead Griffith University
  • Main Researcher Fred Leusch
  • Completion Year 2016

Project Description

The standards for recycling stormwater are higher for drinking water than for non-potable reuse such as agricultural or urban irrigation. The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) inform regulations that ensure the removal of infectious pathogens and polluting chemicals from potable water, whereas the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling (AGWR) ensure that non-potable recycled water does not pose a risk to human health. Compliance with these Guidelines often requires quantitative risk assessment of stormwater catchments, but this is an expensive and resource-intensive process. This research developed a ‘Chemical Hazard Assessment of Stormwater Micropollutants’ (CHASM) desktop tool to assess the suitability of stormwater for various potable and non-potable uses before commencing an expensive risk assessment, and to guide design of optimal and targeted monitoring and measuring programmes for chemicals of concern in any given catchment. Basic information about each of four Australian stormwater catchments (including size, land-use, and surface types) was entered into CHASM Excel spreadsheets. The tool utilises a database to generate a list of likely pollutants for that catchment, and optimal locations and times for monitoring. The CHASM tool proved reliable and easy to use.