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Planning for Water Recycling

In the face of limits on available surface water resources, and increasing vulnerability to drought and climate change, many water authorities are looking to diversify their sources of supply. Options to diversify supplies include groundwater sources, use of recycled water, or desalination of seawater. Recycled water is a good source for diversifying supplies because it a steady source of water during droughts and it is available close to urban areas.  

In preparing strategic water plans for the next 30 to 50 years, many water authorities are setting targets to supply a significant proportion of future water needs by using recycled water.

New water recycling projects need to undergo project evaluation to ensure that land use planning and environmental assessment requirements can be met. Community consultation with the community and stakeholders is needed early in the life of a project to explain the choices available and ensure feedback community preferences, concerns and issues are addressed.

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