South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


74. Recycled wastewater:

South Australia has the system capacity to recycle up to 50 GL of wastewater per annum by 2025

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

In 2009 (the baseline year), recycled wastewater capacity was 58.3 gigalitres (GL) and is estimated at 74.1 GL in 2017. 

For the 2016 (2015/16) assessment, SA Water slightly modified its method for calculating its recycled wastewater capacity (applying from 2014/15) so that it takes into account the full effect of wastewater availability (supply) limitations in addition to wastewater treatment plant capacity. As a result, wastewater reuse for 2014/15 and 2015/16, and reuse capacity for 2016/2017, are marginally lower than was indicated in the 2013/14 assessment.

Although no major capacity augmentations are known to have occurred since the previous SASP reporting, the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS) is a new project that aims to create a new irrigation area using recycled water from the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant. Construction of Stage 1 of NAIS, which will deliver up to 12 GL of reclaimed water suitable for commercial food production, is expected to start in early 2018 with the intention of recycled water flowing to growers from 2019.

Notes: Data is based on financial years (e.g. 2016 is for 2015/16). 
Wastewater recycling capacity includes both data supplied by SA Water and estimated local council wastewater reuse capacity.

Lead Agency

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources