Busting water safety myths

Water is life, and nowhere is that truer than in the Red Centre, where every drop counts. In arid environments, the use of clean, safe, recycled water is important to sustainability—and many Alice Spring residents agree, dispelling the notion that recycled water is unsafe.

Community consultation found considerable support for the beneficial reuse of treated wastewater. That makes sense in The Alice, where recycled water undergoes high standards of treatment to ensure it is fit for purpose. Regular monitoring and reporting ensures quality.

Recycled water is being offered with a horticultural land lease at the Arid Zone Research Institute (AZRI) in Alice Springs.

“The water we use for horticulture comes from a leading-edge water recycling project. It meets strict quality guidelines and is safe for use with crops,” said Stuart Smith with the Department of Primary Industry and Resources, manager of the AZRI lease site.

The recycled and treated water is sourced from wastewater stabilisation ponds and is part of the ‘Water Reuse in the Alice’ project that uses an innovative system called Soil Aquifer Treatment to clean and conserve recycled water.

Regulatory monitoring includes a series of groundwater monitoring points around the facility. These track the movement of the introduced waters and record standard biological and chemical content, to ensure clean, quality water at all times.

Find out more about the opportunity to lease 30 hectares of horticultural land at AZRI and the safe recycled water that comes with it.

For a copy of the EOI documents, register online or email landrelease.dpir@nt.gov.auExpressions of interest close at 4:00 pm ACST on 23 March 2017.

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Last updated: 12 October 2017