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Balancing environmental impacts and benefits of wastewater reuse

Hamilton, Andrew J, Versace, Vincent L, Stagnitti, Frank, Li, Peijun, Yin, Wei, Maher, Peta, Hermon, Karen, Premier, Robert R and Ierodiaconou, Daniel 2006, Balancing environmental impacts and benefits of wastewater reuse, WSEAS transactions on environment and development, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 117-129.

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Title Balancing environmental impacts and benefits of wastewater reuse
Author(s) Hamilton, Andrew J
Versace, Vincent L
Stagnitti, Frank
Li, Peijun
Yin, Wei
Maher, Peta
Hermon, Karen
Premier, Robert R
Ierodiaconou, Daniel
Journal name WSEAS transactions on environment and development
Volume number 2
Issue number 2
Start page 117
End page 129
Publisher World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society (WSEAS)
Place of publication Athens, Greece
Publication date 2006-02
ISSN 1790-5079
Keyword(s) irrigation
reclaimed water
recycled water
risk analysis
salinity
sodicity
wetlands
Summary Wastewater reuse is being widely promulgated to help address the global freshwater resource crisis. It can assist in reducing extraction of freshwater from the environment, and reuse of wastewater lessens the need for environmental discharge, which is clearly beneficial to receiving waters. But the practice itself also has the potential to be detrimental to natural and human environments: soil structure can become degraded, aquifers may be polluted, and human health may be threatened. The challenge facing natural resource managers is to identify the potential benefits and risks, and to achieve an appropriate balance. This paper describes environmental benefits and threats concomitant with the reuse of wastewater. We frequently draw upon examples from China and Australia-two countries that face particularly daunting water resource
challenges-but the principles can be.extended far beyond these geographical bounds and are applicable to
many parts of the world.
Language eng
Field of Research 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003627

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