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Drinking recycled sewage water: soon to be a reality in Perth


PERTH households could soon be drinking recycled sewage after health regulators gave Water Corporation the all-clear to start production at a landmark aquifer “recharge” plant.

The utility confirmed it had approval from the Health Department to begin “injecting” treated wastewater into Perth’s northern aquifers from a 14 billion liters a year recycling project.

The approval last Friday came almost a year after it was expected.

Under the recycling scheme, treated sewage from the Beenyup wastewater treatment plant will be processed before being pumped into the Gnangara aquifer system.

The water is left in the ground to undergo natural treatment before being used to boost the Water Corp’s yearly groundwater take, which accounts for about half of Perth’s drinking supplies.

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