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Water Recycling: Design, Assessment and Optimisation

Water recycling has become an important component of industrial and municipal water management in Australia. This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the key issues associated with water recycling. You will learn the underlying principles and logic behind the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling (AGWR), how the AGWR can be applied to a range of recycled water schemes, how to identify opportunities to improve the efficiency of water recycling operations, how to rationalise sampling and water quality analyses, how to assess chemical and microbial risks, and the state-of-the-art in water recycling technology and practice in Australia and overseas. This is a practical course, and includes several case studies involving recycling in manufacturing, food and beverage and municipal applications that have been implemented in Australia in the last three years.

The course is taught by leading water industry professionals engaged in microbial, chemical and environmental risk management, and design and implementation aspects of water recycling projects in Australia.

Issues addressed


  • Overview of Australian and International guidelines for recycled water
  • Explanation of the key principles, concepts and definitions used, in the new AGWR
  • Explanation of the approach used to derive the microbial health-based targets
  • Estimating the level of risk and establishing the appropriate log reduction requirements
  • Design of Challenge Test for validation and verification studies to meet the log reduction targets
  • Workshop 1


  • Selecting treatment processes for removal of suspended solids, pathogens, organics and salts in municipal and industrial applications
  • Using HACCP principles to establish control and monitoring protocols for water recycling schemes
  • Understanding the rationale for the management of chemical risks in the AGWR
  • Advanced analytical techniques for trace organics analysis
  • Assessment of on-line water quality analysis techniques
  • Site visit to a water recycling scheme


  • Explanation of the approach used to derive the environmental targets including key hazards and trigger values
  • Water recycling in horticultural and agricultural applications
  • Industrial water recycling case studies from dairy, food and beverage, pulp and paper manufacture
  • Municipal water recycling case studies involving recycling for groundwater recharge and wetlands
  • Indirect potable reuse: treatment processes, regulations, health effects, cost and public perception
  • Workshop 2

What do you get

  • Practical skills to design, optimise and evaluate water recycling projects
  • Access to world leading experts in water recycling
  • USB with course notes
  • Several Australian case studies and benchmarking data
  • Site visit

Who should attend

The course is designed for water industry professionals working with recycling projects in industrial and municipal applications that need to know the latest information and trends in water quality analysis, chemical and microbial risk assessment, centralised and decentralised treatment options and on-line water quality monitoring.

This course is not currently scheduled for a future event

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