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How much water is recycled in Australia?
About 12% of Australia’s water is used for household and manufacturing purposes with a large percentage ending in the reticulated wastewater stream. In total, some 2 000 GL of this water is thought to be recoverable. However, only approximately 15% of theMany major cities have set target to achieve specific percentages of wastewater recycling (see table below)
Some of the highest rates of recycling water occur in regional Australia, but volumes are relatively small. In many arid areas of Australia the reliable supply of wastewater is very attractive to irrigators. Many inland towns have been supplying water to farmers for years, either formally through reticulated systems, or informally via downstream extractions. For example, nearly all small towns in WA and many throughout Australia recycle 100% of their wastewater. Western Water (A water authority in Victoria) recycles between 90 to 100% of the wastewater they manage.
Major capital city use of recycled water in Australia
Source: Radcliffe, J.C. 2009. Evolution of water recycling in Australian cities since 2003. In Reuse09. Brisbane, Queensland,
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