Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Climate change and a growing
population mean that Western
Australia can no longer rely solely
on traditional sources of water.
Finding alternative water sources
is a priority for government and all
possible sources must be tried and
tested to determine feasible options
– environmentally, economically
The State water plan 2007 outlined
the state government’s commitment
to strategically and effectively manage
our limited and vital water resources.
The need for a state water recycling
strategy was identified within this plan.
Our government, in partnership with
stakeholders, has now developed
the State water recycling strategy to
explore and determine how recycled
water can be safely incorporated
across the range of water use sectors.
We believe that recycled water has
an important part to play in Western
Australia’s water future, and this
strategy is a first step towards
understanding how we can make the
most of this resource.
Launching this strategy sparks an
investigation into recycled water
as an alternative water source for
industry, agriculture, residential
use, public open space and drinking
water. Investigation needs to be
under-way now to ensure this
resource is used to its full potential.
Some forms of water recycling
are already in operation. Regional
Western Australia has long used
it to irrigate sporting ovals, and
industry in the Kwinana district is
currently recycling large volumes of
water. However, there are many other
options to consider.
While recycling will not be the only
solution to the state’s water needs, it
is one in a range of initiatives we need
to explore to create a sustainable water
future for the generations to come.
It is vital to government’s strategy of
security through diversity, and as such
government has committed over
$3 million to implement this strategy.
We commend the State water
recycling strategy to you for
Hon Alan Carpenter MLA
Premier Western Australia
Hon John Kobelke MLA
Minister For Water Resources
Recycling – a priority for government
The demand for water
The need to recycle water
The continued development of WA,
in terms of both population and the
economy, means that demand for
water is increasing, despite demand
The drought experienced in Western
Australia in 2001 highlighted the
drying climate and the need to secure
alternative water supply sources.
The Perth region receives its scheme
water from the Integrated Water Supply
Scheme. Water comes from a number
of sources, including groundwater,
surface water (dams) and, more
recently, desalination. Large volumes
of groundwater are used in the Perth
region for public open space irrigation,
agriculture and industry.
The Department of Water is
undertaking significant work to reform
the way we plan for and manage
water in Western Australia. This
includes the development of regional
water plans. For more information see
the water future>.
In parallel with this, the Water
Corporation is also developing a
strategy called Water Forever, to
secure water and wastewater service
delivery to Perth and the surrounding
areas for the next 50 years. For more
information, visit the Water Forever
website at Waterforever>.
To continue to meet the demand
for water, alternative water supplies
are needed to supplement existing
Key reasons to recycle water:
• Recycled water can be used for
applications that require lower
quality water, thus conserving high
quality water for high value uses.
• Wastewater as a source for
recycling is climate independent,
and is available any time of year.
• The volume of wastewater
available for recycling is