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A history of wastewater irrigation in Melbourne, Australia

Barker, Fiona, Faggian, Robert and Hamilton, Andrew J. 2011, A history of wastewater irrigation in Melbourne, Australia, Journal of water sustainability, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 183-202.

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Title A history of wastewater irrigation in Melbourne, Australia
Author(s) Barker, Fiona
Faggian, RobertORCID iD for Faggian, Robert orcid.org/0000-0001-8750-3062
Hamilton, Andrew J.
Journal name Journal of water sustainability
Volume number 1
Issue number 2
Start page 183
End page 202
Total pages 20
Publisher University of Technology, Sydney
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1839-1516
1839-1524
Keyword(s) Graywater
Greywater
Reclaimed water
Recycled water
Reuse
Vegetable
Summary Reclamation of wastewater for irrigation has had an important role to play in Melbourne’s struggle to manage water resources as effectively as possible. Rapid growth within the first few years of the founding of the city led to a sanitary crisis, which provided the impetus for the construction of a large sewerage system. Interest in using the effluent from sewage treatment plants for irrigation gained attention in the late 1970s, but despite some activity in the early 1980s, it was not until 2005 that large-scale wastewater irrigation schemes became a reality. Successful to a degree, there have also been problems, and the future viability of one large irrigation scheme for commercial vegetable production is threatened by high salt concentrations in the treated wastewater. Greywater irrigation at the household level has also become commonplace in Melbourne over the last decade, but it is difficult to regulate and the health risks urgently need to be quantified. More recently, several third-pipe schemes, where treated wastewater is reticulated to households, have been commissioned with plans for many more, and treated stormwater is growing in popularity, particularly for irrigation of public open spaces.
Language eng
Field of Research 049999 Earth Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063569

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