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Why recycle our water?

Water is a precious resource, yet less than 15% of Australia's urban and industrial wastewater is recycled. Water recycling is a socially, environmentally and economically viable solution to help utilise our water resource more efficiently.

Recycling our water can offer substantial benefits to our society including:

  • Reduction of nutrient and contaminant loads into oceans and rivers
  • Providing more drinking quality water for domestic uses by substituting drinking quality water with  recycled water for irrigation of agricultural crops and amenity horticulture
  • Reducing demand and stress on freshwater resources such as the groundwater and rivers by providing alternative water supplies

There may also be benefits to agricultural and amenity enterprises through:

  • 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