Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand and the
Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council, 2000
The Guidelines for Sewerage Systems - Reclaimed Water is one of a suite of documents comprising the National Water Quality Management Strategy. These Guidelines provide advice on reclaimed water quality, level of treatment, safeguards and controls and monitoring.
Reclaimed water is a valuable resource and these guidelines have been prepared to foster the use of reclaimed water in a way that provides safeguards for public health as well as community and environmental benefits. Use of reclaimed water can provide economic benefits and assist in the conservation of water resources.
The guidelines address effluent arising from municipal (ie community) wastewater plants, however they do not consider reclaimed water from individual household systems or undiluted liquid wastes of industrial origin.
While there is a high level of public acceptance towards reclaimed water use in Australia and there are many reclaimed water schemes in operation, the overall proportion of wastewater reuse is small.
Examples of reclaimed water include indirect potable use of reclaimed water and irrigation of urban landscapes, sporting and recreational areas and agricultural crops.