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This section contains guidelines and information relating to the legislative frameworks relevant to the use of recycled water in Australia. 

Guidelines usually formulated and published by government agencies and departments, that aim to streamline particular processes according best practice and evaluation of ongoing management practices, with the overall aim of protecting human health and the environment.. 

Guidelines for recycled water use are also developed by the states and territories, as they relate to appropriate water quality and risk management, depending upon ultimate end uses.

There are also Australian guidelines for recycling water from:

  • Effluent
  • Greywater
  • Stormwater
  • Managed aquifer recharge
  • Drinking water

The National Water Commission has a ‘Governance at a glance’ resource page on recycled water management by state in Australia, listing relevant responsible state authorities, legislation and applicable guidelines.    

For further information the Australian Government National Water Quality Management Strategy provides an overarching framework for  water quality




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