YP petition to supplement Australia's drinking water supply with recycled water
Australia is undoubtedly one of the driest countries on earth. Australians walk an extremely fine line between water security, productivity (esp. on farms) and environmental degradation. Water recycling is the process of taking effluent (wastewater and sewage) and treating it to a level that’s appropriate for its intended use. For potable (drinkable) use, the recycled water has to be treated to a sufficiently high level that it’s suitable for human consumption. The indirect potable reuse process being implemented in southeast Queensland, trialled in Perth and under discussion in Goulburn adds another step: highly treated recycled water is mixed with other water supplies above or below ground before it arrives at your tap. The yuck factor is a key reason people oppose recycling wastewater for drinking. However, experts say the perception simply doesn’t match reality. By the time recycled water has passed through all the treatment processes it’s in fact cleaner than regular drinking water and has less 'taste', because it has fewer impurities. This petition proposes; A) recycled water to be initially used on farming properties to water crops and livestock. B) recycled water to be used by industries that require heavy watering eg. Industries that produce metals, wood, paper, chemicals, gasoline, oils, and most other products all use water in some part of their production process. C) recycled water to be used by governments to water botanical gardens, state owned property like sporting fields. D) Eventually, to incorporate recycled water in every household whether it be simply for flushing toilets, using in showers and washing machines and most importantly to drink. I don't think the full ramifications of a growing population with growing needs and dwindling resources is being taken seriously enough or that governments are unwilling to consider it because of its highly controversial nature. Please sign if you care about the future of Australia and the quality of life for its citizens.