Recycled water

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.

nullStormwater 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:

  • Guaranteed water supply
  • Supply of water quality underpinned with a comprehensive water quality assurance program
  • Security for investment in agricultural enterprises
  • Recycling of valuable nutrients

Key external links for further information

 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