Legal access to sewage and the 'reinvention' of wastewater

J. Gray, Alex Gardner

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As demand outstrips supply in the water sector the pressure toenhance existing sources of potable and non potable water increases.Perhaps one unexpected outcome of that pressure has been to see some old'problems' through a new, more optimistic lens. Accordingly, sewagewhich was once seen as a 'burden' is now being re-invented as a valuableresource for sewer miners and those in the water recycling industry.) Theopportunities provided by this re-imagining could be seized by the publicutilities themselves who have traditionally been responsible for sewageremoval and treatment. They could, for example, embark on large scalesewage recycling operations but, given that many are already cashstrapped,this seems unlikely. Another possibility is for 'third party'operators, especially from the private sector, to access the seweragenetworks, remove the sewage, treat it and supply the recycled water.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-159
JournalThe Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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