Rising costs, community expectations, population growth and an increasing demand for natural resources are key issues impacting the management of Australia’s water resources.

A new Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) report said these issues are forcing the water industry to develop more innovative and efficient processes in order to optimise resource recovery from wastewater.

The report Wastewater – An Untapped Resource? was prepared by ATSE with funding from the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence and recently launched by the Chair of Melbourne Water, Professor John Thwaites.

The report finds that Australian wastewater contains nutrients, carbon, energy and other inorganic and organic resources that is worthy of recovery, and examines the potential industry opportunities for resource recovery in Australia.

International case studies were reviewed and the Australian regulatory framework was take into consideration. The report also evaluates the key technologies and products required and analyses several investment options.

It was found that there are several significant value-creating opportunities to pursue for investors in Australia in the medium term.

Wastewater – An Untapped Resource? was developed by a group led by Dr John Burgess FTSE, a chemical engineer who has more than 20 years experience as a senior executive and research leader.

The group also included Deputy Director of the Advanced Water Management Centre at the University of Queensland, Professor Damien Batstone, Senior Research Scientist from CSIRO Land and Water, Dr Tim Muster, and Manager of Research and Innovation at Yarra Valley Water, Francis Pamminger.

Read the full report here.

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