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SUSTAINABLE INTEGRATED EFFLUENT RE-USE IN A REGIONAL AUSTRALIAN CITY

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Abstract:

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.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2175/193864704784137765

Publication date: 2004-01-01

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