Recycling water

Here you can find out how your business can recycle water, what the benefits are and who can be the service provider for recycled water schemes.

Our drying climate has put a lot of pressure on traditional water sources, particularly over the last decade and because of this water recycling is gaining momentum as more businesses, land developers and local governments look for sustainable, secure options.

Recycling sources and uses

Generally, water recycling schemes utilise water sources such as:

  • treated wastewater from our wastewater treatment plants
  • untreated wastewater before wastewater treatment plants (sewer mining)
  • stormwater.

The purpose of these schemes may be to:

  • irrigate lawns, gardens and public open spaces
  • facilitate industrial processes
  • irrigate crops
  • support construction and dust suppression
  • recharge the environment (enhance wetlands).

Recycling locations

We operate over 80 recycling schemes across the state, including:

  • Kwinana Water Recycling Plant
  • industrial water recycling schemes in Kambalda, Boddington and Pinjarra
  • Groundwater Replenishment in Craigie
  • Woodlot irrigation schemes in South West and Great Southern regions
  • golf course irrigation schemes in Mandurah, Busselton, Broome and Kalbarri
  • Public Open Space irrigation schemes in Geraldton, Northam, Merredin, Narrogin and Karratha
  • onsite water recycling schemes at Subiaco, Beenyup, Woodman Point and Kwinana Wastewater Treatment Plants.

Map of all water recycling schemes

Who can be the service provider?

We are just one possible service provider for water recycling schemes, alongside licensed local governments and private sector. 

We will consider being the service provider for a water recycling scheme initiated by an external proponent if the proposed scheme:

  • is situated within an Operating Licence area already serviced by us
  • does not compromise our service to existing customers
  • is water efficient
  • is technically and operationally sound and compliant with relevant standards
  • is of an appropriate scale.

A commercial agreement would need to be developed between us and the proponent.

Commercial considerations

There are a number of commercial considerations that impact the viability of recycled water schemes. The key issues include:

  • source options and availability
  • costs and benefits
  • pricing
  • ownership and operation
  • commercial agreements
  • regulatory approvals and compliance.

For more information on how your business can use recycled water please contact us.