Stormwater reuse, a viable option: Fact or fiction?

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Goonetilleke, Ashantha
Liu, An
Managi, Shunsuke
Wilson, Clevo
Gardner, Ted
Bandala, Erick R.
Walker, Louise
Holden, Joseph
Wibowo, Mochamad Agung
Suripin, Suripin

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Elsevier B.V.


The increasing spread of urbanisation is a common phenomenon witnessed in most parts of the world due to the perceived benefits of urban living. A compounding issue is the growing shortage of safe and reliable water sources. Perennial water shortages are becoming a common feature in many parts of the world. It is important to recognise stormwater reuse as a key resource for securing adequate future water supplies based on the concept of 'water fit for purpose'. These require careful prioritisation of vulnerabilities, identification of the areas requiring adaptation and provide certainty of outcomes. Given the increasing inevitability of climate change it should be viewed as an opportunity to take advantage of new opportunities which stormwater reuse presents. This study identified key barriers to stormwater reuse and the difficulties in removing them. (C) 2017 Economic Society of Australia, Queensland. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.



Reuse stormwater, Water security, Consumer psychology, Urban water environments, Storage space

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Economic Analysis And Policy. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Bv, v. 56, p. 14-17, 2017.