Executive summary overview
In recent years, Australia’s agri-food industry has made significant progress in reducing its reliance on fresh water by adopting water-saving initiatives, improving efficiencies, and increasing water recycling. A number of technologies are now available for treating wastewater to obtain the required quality of water that is ‘fit for the purpose’ while being economically viable and conforming to the appropriate regulatory guidelines.
Tools and frameworks developed by this project, successfully demonstrated through case studies, are available for industry to assist with decision-making on wastewater treatment and water recycling options. The rise in the price of water during the last decade is one of the main drivers for water reuse and recycling.