Each year Sydney Water re-uses 100% of biosolids produced — about 180,000 tonnes.
What if we were to consider the vast quantities of domestic, agricultural and industrial wastewater discharged into the environment every day as a valuable resource rather than costly problem?
An international report that takes an investor's perspective to recovering resources from wastewater has been welcomed by the water industry as an important step towards sustainability of water management in Australia.
Researchers from the University of Melbourne have found that the use of wastewater to irrigate vegetable crops may significantly contribute to deadly health risks such as rotavirus, a major cause of diarrhoeal diseases.
Mantaray Island Resort opened its doors to travellers as an eco-resort in 2004. Now, with Australian-invented BioGill technology, the island is effectively treating wastewater on-site, recycling the water for garden re-use and protecting the local reefs and waterways.
Nubian Water Systems, a provider of sustainable water solutions for the urban environment, has been selected as the vendor of choice by 720 Bourke Street’s hydraulic contractor, Richstone Plumbing.
A novel, single-step wastewater recycling treatment that uses a ceramic membrane is currently being trialled in Australia to determine if it can provide a more affordable and sustainable solution. Jonathan Clement, Managing Director Asia-Pacific PWN Technologies, provides the details.
Senator Don Farrell, the Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, has joined the Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion, to mark the completion of the Riverton and Clare Integrated Community Water Supply and Re-use Schemes.
Engineers at Oregon State University have made a breakthrough in the performance of microbial fuel cells that can produce electricity directly from wastewater, opening the door to a future in which waste treatment plants will not only power themselves, but will sell excess electricity.
The concept of using wastewater to create green energy is much more widely applicable than often realised. Any factory with a biological waste stream or wastewater with high COD (chemical oxygen demand) can easily use this model to generate energy. Some companies making the investment have achieved payback within a year. Most typically achieve it within two years.
The communities of Booleroo Centre and Melrose in South Australia's southern Flinders Ranges will save nearly six million litres of water each year through the use of an innovative water-saving technique.
The use of a more streamlined process to recycle wastewater could have saved Brisbane from severe flooding in 2011 and mitigated recent flood risks in NSW, a leading water expert says.
Ku-ring-gai Council and Sydney Water have joined forces to switch on a new water recycling plant that will ensure Gordon golf course is always green.
Situated on Mt Tamborine in the Scenic Rim Region, Gallery Walk is one of the premier arts and craft centres of south-east Queensland. The collection of galleries and craft shops attracts hundreds of visitors each and every week.
The NSW Government has awarded a water recycling licence to Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies to build a recycled water plant at the $500 million Darling Quarter development. The mixed-use development, located in Darling Harbour, Sydney, is one of the first to be granted a water recycling licence as part of the 2010 NSW Metropolitan Water Plan.