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Systemic barriers to wastewater reuse in Australia: some jurisdictional examples


Perraton, SC and Blackwell, BD and Fischer, A and Gaston, TF and Meyers, GD, Systemic barriers to wastewater reuse in Australia: some jurisdictional examples, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 22, (3) pp. 355-372. ISSN 1448-6563 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1080/14486563.2014.955889


This article describes the regulatory framework and assessment process of urban wastewater reuse in two distinct regions of Australia, the Tamar Valley in northern Tasmania and the Hunter region of New South Wales. Relative similarities are evident between human population, water availability and recent necessity for reuse feasibility assessments. In the Hunter, assessments informed a state government led catchment scale water security strategy. In Launceston, the need for assessments stems from a condition of the environmental permits for individual facilities. Salient institutional, social, economic and political barriers mire the assessment process for, and success of, wastewater reuse. Distinct legal, policy and procedural differences exist between the two cases. Future reuse guidelines should identify the different drivers for wastewater reuse and avoid studies that meet administratively predetermined selection.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:water, recycling, impediments, economics, law
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges and management
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Coastal and estuarine systems and management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Perraton, SC (Mr Simon Perraton)
UTAS Author:Fischer, A (Dr Andy Fischer)
UTAS Author:Meyers, GD (Professor Gary Meyers)
ID Code:96584
Year Published:2015 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:NC Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability
Deposited On:2014-11-12
Last Modified:2017-11-08

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