Recycled water is increasingly being identified as a valuable resource for primary production within South Australia. The use of this water source provides both environmental benefits from reduced wastewater discharge, and primary production benefits through reduced input costs and a higher degree of reliability and supply than other sources.
Stormwater – Water that flows off roofs, properties and roads during rain events
Wastewater – Contaminated water before it undergoes any form of treatment. The water may be contaminated with solids, chemicals, or changes in temperature.
Recycled water – Water derived from wastewater systems or stormwater drainage systems that has been treated to a standard that is appropriate for its intended use.
Some of the benefits of utilising recycled water for irrigation are:
Recycled Water Australia - Information on reuse guidelines, sources and enduses, current news and publications
Health SA - South Australian waste water management
Rural Solutions - Reclaimed water and waste utilisation
National Program for Sustainable Irrigation (PDF) - Using recycled water for irrigation
Water for Good - Stormwater and wastewater information
Waterproofing the South - Integrated water resource strategy
Willunga Basin Water Company - Reclaimed water scheme
Department of Primary Industries Victoria - Reclaimed water use in livestock production
SA Water - Recycled water overview
Environment Protection Authority (EPA) - Recycled water use guidelines