Australia adopts California model to recycle wastewater

"This is effectively a way of drought proofing Perth's water supply. It is the next big source of water that is climate independent. We are in a drying climate and it means that we are able to secure Perth's water supply for the next decade." - Water Minister Terry Redman

“This is effectively a way of drought proofing Perth’s water supply. It is the next big source of water that is climate independent. We are in a drying climate and it means that we are able to secure Perth’s water supply for the next decade.” – Water Minister Terry Redman

Since 2008, Orange County California has operated an impressive system to replenish disappearing groundwater resources, the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS).

Instead of discharging treated wastewater into the Pacific Ocean, the system replenishes groundwater basins with purified water that exceeds federal and state drinking water standards.  Video Tour and group drinking the recycled wastewater at GWRS.

Australian cities including Perth, have experienced similar disappearing groundwater resources.  Perth is the capital and largest city in the state of Western Australia.  With an estimated 1.9 million people and declining rainfall since 1974, aquifer replenishment is a top priority.

After a three-year trial of the Orange County model, Perth is adopting the world-class water recycling technology.

Read more about Perth’s wastewater recycling project here.

To learn more about Advanced Waste Services industrial wastewater recycling visit our website or ask us a question below. 

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