Assessment of factors influencing water reuse opportunities in Western Australia

Babin, Robyn E. (2005) Assessment of factors influencing water reuse opportunities in Western Australia. [USQ Project]


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Water is used within our society for human consumption and food production, industrial processes
and energy generation, maintaining natural ecology and biodiversity and recreational purposes.
Authorities now face the challenge of ensuring the quantity, distribution, quality and allocation
between the various uses are sustainable. One source not considered in the past on a large scale is
the reuse of wastewater.
Recent state elections in Western Australia have brought the issue of water resources to the
forefront of the public perception. Several solutions were put forward during the elections
including a large desalination plant, building a canal to transport water from the north of the state
and increased pumping of local aquifers.
The Water Corporation of Western Australia tells us that by 2031, Perth is expected to need an
extra 150 gigalitres of water. This will be met by an integrated water cycle approach including new
sources, efficiency measures, water recycling, water trading and catchment management.
However, it is expected that any new water sources will be more costly than current supply from
local dams and groundwater.
The objective of this project is to identify factors that have led to the current water crisis in Western
Australia, examine water opportunities that are available to Western Australians and recommend a
solution that is consistent with triple bottom line objectives. This includes an assessment of the
large amount of information available on the factors influencing water reuse opportunities in
Western Australia.
Water reuse technology is essential to support our growing population. There is the need to assess
the past, current and future situations to ensure there is sufficient water available in the future. It is
also important that there is an awareness within the community and government agencies of the
seriousness of the current water crisis.
The greatest factors affecting the successful expansion and integration of water recycling into future
sustainable water management plans are associated costs compared to other water sources,
acceptance by the general public, minimization of environmental and health impacts, technology to
treat water to an appropriate standard and the examples set by other Australian states and territories.

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Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:28
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: reclaimed wastewater, wastewater reuse, water recycling, sustainable water management, Western Australia, Perth, Water Corporation of Western Australia
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090508 Water Quality Engineering
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090509 Water Resources Engineering
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4004 Chemical engineering > 400499 Chemical engineering not elsewhere classified
40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400513 Water resources engineering

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