KWR Ruud Bartholomeus by KWR Ruud Bartholomeus
31 May 2018

Indirect reuse of water is common practice

Reuse of treated wastewater is gaining a lot of attention worldwide. However, how much water is already being reused? This article deals with the differences between direct and (unintentional) indirect use of recycled water. ...

More of us are drinking recycled sewage water than most people realise

The world is watching as Cape Town’s water crisis approaches “Day Zero”. Questions are being asked about which other cities could be at risk and what can they do to avoid running dry. In Perth, Australia’s most water-stressed capital, it has been announced that the city is considering reusing all of its sewage as part of its future water supply. Read more: Cape Town is almost out of water. Could Australian cities suffer the same fate? Drinking recycled sewage is a very confronting topic. But what many people don’t realise is that we already rely on recycled sewage in many Australian water supplies. Even in Australia’s biggest city, Sydney, it is an important part of the water supply. This is because many large towns discharge their treated sewage into the catchment rivers that supply the city. But Perth is now looking to recycle all of its treated sewage. At the time of writing, the city’s water storages were at a low 35.3%. Cape Town’s reserves, by comparison, are at a critical low of 23.5% – but Perth was close to that point just a year ago when it was down to 24.8%. Perth has been progressively “drought-proofing” itself by diversifying the city water supply. River...

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