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Recycled Water Management

This 18hr course provides training in best practice recycled water management. Taking a practical approach the course is targeted to those responsible for aspects of recycled water quality and environmental management in water utilities, irrigators and private water suppliers as well as health and economic regulators.

This practical course is structured around a series of sessions that begin by explaining concepts using illustrative examples. Each short lecture is followed by small group and individual exercises to provide opportunities for participants to apply concepts to their situations. Case studies of implementation are given using leading edge Australian examples.

The trainers delivering the course have been intimately involved in developing and implementing the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling (AGWR). Dr Dan Deere was a member of the AGWR Risk Management Framework and Integration Working Group, was engaged to develop health aspects of the stormwater recycling guidelines and was part of the Working Group that developed the Requality tool for Framework implementation assessment for the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA). Dr Daryl Stevens was a member of the AGWR Environmental Risk Working Group, and the Coordinator of the Scientific Services for the Environmental Risk Component. Both Dan and Daryl have been in involved with facilitating and assessing the implementation of the AGWR for recycled water schemes across Australia for the last 20 years.  Their experience with derivation of guidelines for water recycling and practical application of these are unmatched in Australia!

Issues addressed


    • Overview of water recycling in Australia
    • Historical context and development of water recycling in Australia
    • Overview of recycled water guidelines and approaches
      • Recycling of sewage and greywater (Phase 1 guidelines)
      • Potable reuse (Phase 2a guidelines)
      • Recycling of stormwater (Phase 2b guidelines)
      • Managed aquifer recharge (Phase 2c guidelines)
    • Recent updates and probable future developments
    • Source protection measures applied in recycled water schemes
    • Treatment processes implemented in recycled water schemes
    • Distribution and storage of recycled water
    • Point of application barriers used in recycled water schemes
    • Recycled water user agreements and liabilities
    • Health-based targets and quantitative microbial risk assessment
      • Exposure assessment
      • Dose-response assessment
      • Pathogen log reduction in source water management and treatment
      • Exposure log reduction in end use controls
      • Validation of pathogen log reduction in treatment and end use controls.

Key Concepts

  • Illustration of learning concepts at local recycled water treatment plant and use sites
  • Overview of the AGWR risk management framework
  • Related management systems such as ISO 22000 and HACCP
  • Commitment, stakeholders and system assessment team
  • System description and process flow diagrams
  • Data analysis and interpretation.

Identifying issues

  • Environmental targets in water recycling
  • Methodologies for hazard analysis and risk assessment/risk ranking
  • Identifying hazards, assessing risks and setting management priorities
  • Identifying preventive measures, critical control points and control programs
  • Developing specifications for monitoring and control of risks
  • Verification of system performance
  • Management of incidents and emergencies
  • Supporting programs underpinning the risk management system
  • Management plans and regulatory approvals.

What do you get

  • Comprehensive coverage of water recycling in Australia
  • Access to experienced practitioners
  • Course notes and USB summarising key points
  • Peer contacts working in recycled water management
  • Exercises and pro formas to assist with implementation
  • 18 CPD hrs

Who should attend

  • Those seeking an understanding of recycled water best practice
  • Professionals involved in operational, regulatory or service provision roles
  • Those developing and implementing recycled water management plans.

This course is not currently scheduled for a future event