With the release of the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling: Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR), aquifers are now being included as a treatment barrier when assessing risk of recycled water systems. A MAR research site recharging urban stormwater in a confined aquifer was used in conjunction with a Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment to assess the microbial pathogen risk in the recovered water for different end uses. The assessment involved undertaking a detailed assessment of the treatment steps and exposure controls, including the aquifer, to achieve the microbial health-based targets.
Microbiological risks of recycling urban stormwater via aquifers
D. Page, D. Gonzalez, P. Dillon; Microbiological risks of recycling urban stormwater via aquifers. Water Sci Technol 1 May 2012; 65 (9): 1692–1695. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2012.069
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