Stabilisation lagoons hold water from Bolivar Sewage Plant for approximately 20 days prior to treatment at the Recycled Water complex at Bolivar, north of Adelaide, SA.

Stabilisation lagoons hold water from Bolivar Sewage Plant, north of Adelaide, South Australia.

Water Reuse and Environmental Process Engineering

Our expertise in water reuse, resource recovery and environmental processing is addressing urban, environmental and industry demands.

  • 20 January 2011 | Updated 13 May 2013

Overview

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CSIRO's Water Reuse and Environmental Process Engineering Research Program addresses the need for:

  • safe and reliable reuse of water and wastewaters to address Australia’s growing population and water demand
  • better management options for contaminated  groundwater environments and associated surface waters
  • underpinning science to support Australia’s trillion-dollar energy and resources sectors (e.g. improved production and environmental protection).

There are over 30 000 chemical storages in urban and industrial areas in Australia and many more contaminated sites.

Australia's projected population increase, largely focused on urban centres, requires reliable water reuse options. Despite rainfall relief across eastern Australia water shortages are still foreseen, making it critical to consider the reuse of water, including water storage and treatment.

Better assessment and integration of natural (e.g. wetlands, aquifers) and engineered water treatment is desired.

There are over 30 000 chemical storages in urban and industrial areas in Australia and many more contaminated sites. The impacts and risks of leaks from these storages, along with increases in chemical use across urban and industrial areas, need to be assessed, and cost-effective and sustainable management solutions need to be found for impacted groundwater environments.

Australia's rapidly expanding energy and resources sectors require that environmental consequences of their operations are better assessed and efficiencies of their production improved. Improved knowledge, cleaner processes and reduced environmental impacts are required for community confidence in resource and energy development projects.