Potable Water Reuse: What can Australia learn from global experience?

Water Research Australia


The Water Research Australia project Potable Water Reuse – What can Australia learn from global experience? provides a current [2019] update of the global status of planned potable reuse as a water supply strategy. The final project report aims to inform and support Australian decision makers and their advisers, as they consider appropriate policies for future drinking water supply augmentation and management.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised that “potable reuse represents a realistic, practical and relatively climate independent source of drinking-water”. However, the WHO also recognises that potable reuse systems are highly complex and require appropriate resources and capabilities for successful implementation.

For this reason, it is advisable for any jurisdiction contemplating the development of a potable reuse project to equip themselves with a comprehensive understanding of global experiences, use these to inform an appropriate regulatory approach, and apply this to the current status of ‘best practice’ for project design and management.