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2014 WateReuse International Award videos

The Centre is proud to be associated with two awards presented by the WateReuse Association at their 2014 Symposium in Dallas, Texas on Monday 8 September:

2014 WateReuse International Award for the National Demonstration, Education and Engagement Program (NDEEP):

2014 WateReuse International Award - NDEEP 2014 WateReuse International Award - NDEEP (79542 KB)

2014 WateReuse Person of the Year awarded to Centre Fellow Professor Karl Linden:

2014 WateReuse Person of the Year Award - Karl Linden 2014 WateReuse Person of the Year Award - Karl Linden (104546 KB)



OzWater'15 Workshop -Economic Viability for Managed Aquifer Recharge (May 2015): This webcast outlines recent economic assessments of several Australian Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) schemes that use recycled water for potable and non-potable purposes. MAR schemes have great potential to increase water availability by generating water supplies from sources that may otherwise be wasted. They can have environmental, social and economic benefits. This webcast provides an opportunity to learn from researches and gain insight from Industry. A key output from the project, led by the CSIRO and supported by the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence will be a web-based Practical Guide to Water Recycling via MAR.

Workshop summary - MAR Workshop summary - MAR (338 KB)

OzWater'15 Workshop - Making innovation accessible to regional and remote urban communities (May 2015): This webcast is a summary of a workshop that examined the opportunities and barriers to adopting innovation in relation to water recycling and treatment in regional and remote urban communities. The workshop outlined four innovative research projects supported by the Australian Water Recycling Centre for Excellence and examined possibilities for their adoption. The objectives of the workshop were to facilitate the engagement of researchers with industry for knowledge transfer and pilot trial development, to identify the constraints to innovation in regional and remote areas, and to feed insight and information from industry into the adoption of innovation opportunities.

Workshop summary - Innovation Workshop summary - Innovation (85 KB)


 Water recycling in food production and manufacture (Sept 2014): This webcast presents the results of a three-year investigation to identify and enable water recycling opportunities in Australia’s agri-food industry. The project, led by CSIRO, focussed on water recycling innovations for the meat, dairy, and food processing industries. It developed a range of decision-support frameworks, assessment tools, nutrient and salt models, and case studies to assist the food production industry with technical, environmental, regulatory and economic decisions on water recycling. The webcast includes videos and PowerPoint presentations by researchers and industry partner representatives.

A workshop report is available here.

Would you drink recycled water? (May 2014): Three out of every four Australians say they would drink purified recycled water, and many people think that it’s an integral part of our future water security. This webcast of a public event, held at the Science Exchange in Adelaide, features government, public health and science experts discussing how to secure Adelaide’s water supply, and the scientific case for considering recycled water for drinking. Hosted by Dr Paul Willis, Director of RiAus, the panel includes:

  • Julia Grant, Executive Director, Water Policy, South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
  • Stuart Khan, Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering, University of NSW

David Cunliffe, Principal Water Quality Adviser, Public Health, South Australian Department of Health

Managed aquifer recharge in Australia (March 2014): This webcast features the latest research results on managed aquifer recharge (MAR) in Australia, discussed at a MAR Research Forum in Adelaide on 6 March 2014. It comprises eight presentations by research managers affliliated with the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence and the Goyder Institute. Topics include:

  • Policy, viability and opportunities for aquifer recharge schemes
  • Managed aquifer recharge and stormwater use options
  • Bolivar recycled water aquifer storage and recovery project
  • Governance issues for MAR in South Australia
  • Adelaide Plains groundwater study
  • Recycled water for heavy industry and preventing seawater intrusion
  • Perth Ground Water Replenishment Trial
  • MAR communication products and networks

A workshop report is available here.

US-Australia Dialogue - The coming water crisis: solutions & strategies (February 2014): This conference focuses on what California can learn Australia regarding conservation and the efficient use of scarce water resources. Leith Boully, the Centre's Chair, was a guest speaker at this event, part of the G'day USA program sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Leith emphasised that water recycling has the potential to be a significant future water source in Australia. However, she noted that success is only possible with long-term planning, leadership, affordability, public safety, and public and private investment. Leith highlighted that the Centre, as a major contributor to the future of water reuse in Australia, is also developing two key programs: a national validation framework for consistent assessment of recycled water between jurisdictions within Australia, and internationally; and a national demonstration, education and engagement program to encourage public acceptance of recycled water for drinking. Her presentation can be found at Part VI Integrating Recycled Water.


Rethinking disinfection in drinking water (February 2014): What if chlorine were a new technology today—would it be acceptable for use in water treatment compared with UV and ozone? This webcast features Professor Karl Linden from the University of Colorado, and one of the Centre’s 2013 Fellows, giving public lecture at RMIT University on Wednesday 19 February 2014. More information about the event is available in the flyer.        

Assessing costs, benefits and viability of water recycling schemes (December 2013): How do you comprehensively assess the risks, benefits, costs and viability of a prospective water recycling scheme?  This webcast highlights three presentations from a research forum attended by economists, regulators, planners, researchers, developers and utility managers to address these issues. Presentations include case studies of several Australian water recycling schemes, a suggested economic framework for a cost benefit analysis, and lessons to guide developers, owners, regulators and planners with potential recycled water schemes.

Drinking Water through Recycling: benefits and costs of supplying direct to the distribution system (October 2013): This webcast features presentations by leading Australian scientists and policy-makers at the launch of a report on direct potable reuse in Australia. The report – Drinking Water through Recycling – finds that direct potable re-use of water offers the potential in certain circumstances for more secure urban water supplies, reduced wastage, lower costs and therefore lower water charges, and environmental benefits, as compared to alternative drinking water supply options. The report was produced by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and written by University of NSW water specialist Dr Stuart Khan, with contributing authors. The report was initiated and funded by the Centre.

Resource recovery and efficiency workshop (September 2013): This webcast features five presentations on R&D projects which will improve the use of recycled water for irrigation, optimise treatment technology, recover phosphorous, and use ‘green chemicals’ for improved membrane performance.  The webcast includes two presentations to assist in the uptake of research results with public policy and industry. The topics are: Influencing Public Policy and Regulator Decision Making and Commercialisation: a means to knowledge adoption.

Recycled water in South Africa: trends and drivers (5 July 2013): This webcast is an overview of recycled water trends, drivers and investment in South Africa presented by Dr Jo Burgess, Research Manager, South African Water Commission, during the Asia Pacific Recycled Water Conference in Brisbane

Overcoming barriers for recycled water in remote and regional Australia (1 July 2013): The Centre organised an industry workshop with AWA, Queensland Water Directorate and NSW Water Directorate at the Asia Pacific Recycled Water Conference in Brisbane. This webcast highlights four regional water recycling schemes at Port Augusta (South Australia), Mackay (Queensland), Karratha (Western Australia) and Tamworth (New South Wales).

Funding Round 5 Information session (25 October 2012): This webcast is an information session held in Perth on for proponents interested in submitting a funding proposal for the Centre's Funding Round 5, which address Goal 1: The social/economic/environmental value of water recycling is demonstrated and enhanced.

Project Leaders' Workshop (6 September 2012): This webcast features short project updates from a Project Leaders' Workshop held in Brisbane in 2012 to discuss synergies and linkages between projects.




This series of presentations are from workshops supported by the Centre at the Ozwater'14 conference in Brisbane, 29 April-1 May 2014. A round-up of each of these workshops is available; the title of each of the workshops is hyperlinked to the relevant research project on our website.


Future directions for recycling in Australia: where will we be in 2030?

Aimed at regulators, planners and practitioners, this workshop reviewed past, current and emerging trends that position water recycling as an important national consideration in the mix of sustainable urban water supplies and liveable cities to the year 2030 and beyond. Participants were informed about the status of recycling across Australia and invited to contribute to the identification of enabling and facilitative processes, gaps in policy and regulatory frameworks and consistency between jurisdictions. This workshop continued the Centre’s national engagement process contributing to the development of National Water Recycling Directions Paper.


  1. Greg Oliver, Manager Sustainable R&D Development, Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence
  2. Paul Smith, National Water Commission
  3. Darryl Day, Executive Director Water Directorate, Department of Land Resource Management, Northern Territory
  4. Greg Claydon, Executive Director Science & Planning, Department of Water, Western Australia
  5. Nanda Altavilla, Recycled Water Assessment Specialist, Department of Primary Industries Office of Water, New South Wales
  6. Rob Fearon, Director Innovation Partnerships, Queensland Water Directorate, Queensland
  7. Steve Morton, Manager Urban Water, Economics & Water Security, Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources, South Australia

Ozwater14 - Future directions for water recycling in Australia: where will we be in 2030? Ozwater14 - Future directions for water recycling in Australia: where will we be in 2030? (2290 KB)

Ozwater14 - National Water Commission Ozwater14 - National Water Commission (1968 KB)

Ozwater14 - Northern Territory Ozwater14 - Northern Territory (246 KB)

Ozwater14 - Western Australia Ozwater14 - Western Australia (1367 KB)

Ozwater14 - New South Wales Ozwater14 - New South Wales (202 KB)

Ozwater14 - Queensland Ozwater14 - Queensland (1086 KB)

Ozwater14 - South Australia Ozwater14 - South Australia (757 KB)



Towards national validation guidelines for water recycling in Australia

The diverse set of stakeholders in water recycling schemes require a common basis under which new projects can be evaluated in a manner that is acceptable and understandable to all. Aiming to achieve an acceptable framework for validation this workshop drew on both national and international perspectives for validation of water treatment technologies, and brought together the communities that have an interest in water recycling including regulators, utilities, the private sector, and academics, who got a first-hand perspective on the issues important to each stakeholder group.


  1. Karl Linden, Professor, University of Colorado (USA)
  2. Mark O'Donohue, CEO, Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence
  3. Cedric Robillot, Headstart Consulting Brisbane
  4. Judy Blackbeard, Manager Water Recycling Research, Melbourne Water
  5. Kurt Dahl, Managing Director, Permeate Partners
  6. Luc Richard, TasWater 

Ozwater14 - Introduction and international perspective Ozwater14 - Introduction and international perspective (693 KB)

Ozwater14 - Consistent validation in Australia Ozwater14 - Consistent validation in Australia (2406 KB)

Ozwater14 - National validation framework-Priority research program overview Ozwater14 - National validation framework-Priority research program overview (377 KB)

Ozwater14 - Utility perspective on validation: Help or hindrance? Ozwater14 - Utility perspective on validation: Help or hindrance? (1102 KB)

Ozwater14 - Industry/consultant experience with validation Ozwater14 - Industry/consultant experience with validation (1177 KB)

Ozwater14 - What regulators look for in validation Ozwater14 - What regulators look for in validation (332 KB)


Recycled water for drinking - Information, tools and engagement strategies

This video was screened at the workshop session titled Presentation of the beta version of the National Demonstration, Education and Engagement Program. It presents the tools that have been developed to assist prepare and plan for potable reuse, including government guidanance, videos, animations, engagement strategies, and a global interactive map. These tools are based on extensive literature, case studies, empirical research, and feedback from water industry representatives and other stakeholders.


What will 'resource recovery facilities' look like in Australia?

This workshop for strategic planners, wastewater consultants, researchers and plant operators explored what is required to successfully recover water, energy and nutrients from wastewater. It looked at current developments in technology, and explored the application of technology into existing infrastructure and processes, examining factors such as plant size, what is best suited for each resource, and the interrelationship between one and/or multiple resources. 


  1. Owen Phillis, Manager Sewerage Strategy and Resources, Strategic Planning, Melbourne Water
  2. Robert Humphries, Manager Sustainability, Water Corporation
  3. Francis Pammiger, Manager Research and Innovation, Yarra Valley Water
  4. Penny Dent, Chief Information Officer, Western Water
  5. Heri Bustamante, Project Manager, Corporate Strategy, Sydney Water
  6. Jennifer Bartle-Smith, Strategy and Policy Advisor, Water Services Association of Australia
  7. Jurg Keller, Director, Advanced Water Management Centre, The University of Queensland
  8. Stewart Burn, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Research Program Leader, Urban Water Systems Engineering, CSIRO
  9. Felicity Roddick, Director, Water: Effective Technologies and Tools (WETT) Centre, RMIT
  10. Kylie Hyde, Technology Transfer Manager, Allwater
  11. Phil Schneider, Senior Lecturer, James Cook University

Ozwater14 - Summary of resource recovery activities in Australia Ozwater14 - Summary of resource recovery activities in Australia (967 KB)