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Would You Drink Recycled Water?

Would You Drink Recycled Water?
Event Information:
Date: Tuesday 6 May 2014
Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm - ACST
Location: RiAus livestream event.
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Just a quick flush, and your waste disappears from sight and from mind. So how would feel if that same water re-entered your home, but through your drinking tap?

3 out of 4 Australians say that they would drink purified recycled water, and many people think that it is an integral part of our future water security.

The panel including Julia Grant, Dr Stuart Kahn and Dr David Cunliffe, discussed how to secure Adelaide’s water supply, the scientific case to consider recycled water consumption as a possible component and whether purified recycled water could be a viable part of the plan.

Footage from this event is available below.

In association with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)

Supported by the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence

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Feature image “Toilet Fountain” sourced from Flickr and authored by Ricky Romero.

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5 thoughts on “Would You Drink Recycled Water?

  1. Both my grandmothers “recycled” water regardless of where it came from. Every drop of water from the house was either carried in buckets or flooded onto the veggie patch via channels dug from the wash room (laundry was not a word either of my grandmothers used) My grandparents grew vegetables and fruit trees all watered with what we now call grey water, there was not any consideration given chemical free or environmentally friendly cleaning products. I remember steel drums filled with various animal manures being turned into liquid fertilizer using the grey waters of teapots and coffee pots and vegetable waters from the saucepans or the hand basins. Even the bedpan was emptied into the drums of animal manure.
    Water was a precious commodity that was never to be wasted.

    By reusing the water in such a manner my grandmothers grew food not just for their own families but in my paternal grandmothers case for the workmen on the farm and for my maternal grandmother the teahouse that she ran.

    Even now I use the grey water from my home just as my grandparents and my parents did.

  2. Unsure of this

    ‘When water is recycled, the waste water is returned to reservoirs for use after purification, rather than it being flushed away for good’.

    Do you mean that, ‘after waste water is purified it is then, in certain parts of the world pumped to reservoirs for use rather than flushed away, into the oceans for good’. ?

    Just wondering.

  3. I lived in Scotland… a country renowned to experience precipitation approximately 300 days of the year. Hardly dry, hardly sparse of water like Australia. Even then, they recycle their water… I worked for the Scottish Waterboard for a few years. I was able to learn about the entire process of recycling waste water… from flush to drinking cup! People are so highly, unnecessarily squeamish in this country about drinking recycled water! The processes by which is treated ensures health and wellbeing are preserved… And I tell you this – the best ever drinking water I have ever tasted came from a tap in the home of a Scotsman in Kirriemuir in the north of Scotland… 100% recycled water. Tastes far better than the filtrated water we have here in Adelaide. People need to educate themselves to understand the processes, and then appreciate the benefits recycled water has to offer. We live in Australia… our lifestyles, businesses, foods and resources depend upon water. We are not a country that should take water lightly. I would be a strong supporter for establishing recycled waste water processing plants here in S.A.

    • Certainly ,i will drink recycled water. Perhaps you are aware that in hindu tradition water in river ganga, yamuna, etc are sacred. But today’s scenario all the rivers are highly polluted . People drink this water as very sacred. When compared to that recycled water with RO definitely very pure .
      In the years to come because of huge population growth,urbanization and impact of climate change availability of water in cities in India will a biggest problem . we have no other option to look in waste water reuse for both potable and non potable use. This is will be a very important alternate resource


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