Aims:
  • develop a clear and consistent terminology for communicating about recycled water.
  • develop a national demonstration and engagement program that supports successful public engagement and addresses stakeholder concerns through the provision of contemporary information on potable reuse as a viable water supply option.
  • We will develop a monitoring and information collection program that has four key components:
  • Evaluate water quality, demographic and public health information for communities currently using potable reuse
  • Determine the reliability of advanced water treatment plants, and
  • Determine the sustainability of potable reuse

Recycled Water Risk Communication

Australian water utilities are under increasing pressure to maintain potable water supplies in the face of increasing population and the impacts of climate change and variability. In response to these pressures, water utilities have adopted a portfolio approach to water supply, diversifying supply beyond traditional reliance on rainfall dependent solutions such as water supply dams, to include water efficiency, water recycling and desalination as part of the water security mix. This research will apply an innovative approach to defining and disseminating best practice for water re-use schemes. It will systematically analyse both successful and unsuccessful examples of potable reuse schemes worldwide, to identify factors critical to their success (or failure). This project will deliver a national engagement program, supported by robust research that will provide reliable information so all potential sources of water are considered when planning new water supplies for our towns and cities.

Project Value: 
$35 580.00
Funding: 
Australian Wastewater Recycling Centre of Excellence (AWR)
Partners: 
Griffith University
Date: 
2011 to 2013
Time status: 
Current
Contact: 
Professor Brian Head (brian.head@uq.edu.au)
Aims:
  • develop a clear and consistent terminology for communicating about recycled water.
  • develop a national demonstration and engagement program that supports successful public engagement and addresses stakeholder concerns through the provision of contemporary information on potable reuse as a viable water supply option.
  • We will develop a monitoring and information collection program that has four key components:
  • Evaluate water quality, demographic and public health information for communities currently using potable reuse
  • Determine the reliability of advanced water treatment plants, and
  • Determine the sustainability of potable reuse
Program/Affiliation: 
Type: 
Qualitative
Keywords: 
Sustainability
Environment
Education
Community
Number: 
ISSR040146