Recycled water resources that are available for reuse include treated wastewater, domestic ‘greywater’ from bathrooms and laundries, treated industrial wastewater, and agricultural drainage water. These uses are all perfectly suited for recycled water, as the water used is not for consumption, this saves valuable drinking water supply.
Where does the recycled water come from?
Willunga Basin Water takes treated wastewater from SA Water’s Christies Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is located 10 kilometres north of McLaren Vale. From there, the water is pumped through more than 140 kilometres of pipelines to irrigators in the McLaren Vale Wine Region.
Why use recycled water?
Recycled water supplied by Willunga Basin Water is a reliable, sustainable and renewable water resource and its use has significant environmental benefits. There are various benefits of using recycled water, including:
- Reducing the pressure on less sustainable water resources (eg. groundwater, rivers)
- Sourcing a secure water supply
- Relying on a more cost-effective water supply
- Usage increases the volume of water available for economic development
- Assisting in reducing the environmental impacts associated with sending wastewater out to sea
- Ensuring more efficient use of a limited resource
Can you drink recycled water?
No, you cannot drink recycled water supplied by Willunga Basin Water.