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SUSTAINABLE INTEGRATED EFFLUENT RE-USE IN A REGIONAL AUSTRALIAN CITY

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The City of Albury is an Australian inland city with a population of 50,000 people, situated on the Murray River, approximately 600 kilometres (360 miles) south-west of Sydney.

The “Waterview Wastewater Treatment and Re-use Facilities” at Albury represent an elegant, sustainable solution for the future management of the City's wastewater stream.

The facilities which came on line in 1999 at a total cost of US21.5 million, incorporate:-



Advanced wastewater treatment utilising BNR processes, UV disinfection and sand filtration


Beneficial re-use of the reclaimed water involving summer irrigation of commercial woodlots (softwood and hardwood plantations), pasture and lucerne irrigation and winter discharge to a rehabilitated riverine wetland


The wetlands (Wonga Wetlands) have been developed as an ecological resource for the region and an eco-tourism destination


A unique aspect of Wonga Wetlands has been the development of an indigenous campsite - the Wiradjuri Traditional Billabong Campsite


Other aspects of the project include irrigation of a local golf course; supply for nonpotable purposes to a residential housing development and on-going development of commercial irrigation opportunities


This Paper discusses in detail the tertiary treatment processes utilised and the beneficial reuse initiatives adopted to ensure long term sustainability of the scheme.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-01-01

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