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Can recycled water be used for agriculture and amenity horticulture?
In Australia, approximately 240 recycled water schemes use recycled water in urban environments, while some 290 schemes are in agriculture. Agriculture uses the largest volume of recycled water accounting for about 80% of all water recycled water used. Most recycled water in agriculture is used for pastures, dairy farming and horticulture (fruit, grapes and vegetables).
Golf courses, sporting grounds and parks are also a significant user of recycled water. Urban gardens are a relatively small user of recycled water (amenity horticulture). The quality of the recycled water required for all these uses can vary depending on the crop being irrigated or the amentiy horticultural use (turf, trees or landscapes).