Support for indirect water reuse in Western Australia

Western Australia’s Water Corporation announced on 23 March 2012 that a survey it conducted had revealed that three out of four people support moving to a full recycling scheme.

New survey results for the Water Corporation’s Groundwater Replenishment Trial at Beenyup found that, of the 1,292 people who took part in the pulse survey, 79% indicated support for a full scheme with 21% opposed

The trial, which runs until December 2012, involves treating wastewater to drinking water standards and recharging it to groundwater, potentially boosting Perth’s future water supplies. Water Minister Bill Marmion said it was the first time the corporation had tested support for a scheme beyond the trial and he was encouraged by the result.

The Minister said support had increased by 4% since the first pulse survey was carried out in 2010.