The Thomson Dam, Melbourne’s largest water storage, dropped to only 16% of capacity in the last big drought.
Australian cities have turned to some very costly solutions when water is scarce. But as the world's second-highest users of water per person, more efficient use and recycling are key.
There is no longer any good reason to waste any type of water. We have the technology to turn waste water into a vital resource.
If you can’t taste the difference, why the backlash against recycled water?
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In light of climate change and a growing population, water authorities around the world are looking to recycled water.
One of Melbourne’s drinking water reservoirs at 30% capacity in 2010. At the time of writing, the dam is 60% full.
Despite its long idle, Melbourne's desalination plant plays a vital role in providing water in a drying climate.
Artichokes growing in Werribee South, an area that uses recycled water for irrigation.
Australians eat a lot of water. Nearly 500 L is required to produce the food each of us eats every day.