Alternative Water Solutions
Alternative water solutions often need to compete economically with the relatively low cost of drinking water and the engineering approach is critical in identifying a viable alternative source and optimising the design and delivery of required infrastructure.
Minimising treatment costs by matching the end use and water source based on water quality; or Maximising water savings by matching the water source and end use based on water volumes.
Many industries have high water using applications that don’t require drinking grade water. Many industrial precincts also have access to local alternative water sources such as roofwater and stormwater that can be harvested for use in these applications to save drinking water. Common applications and water sources suitable for alternative water supply in Australian industry are summarised below.