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 is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.
Target:74. Recycled wastewater:
South Australia has the system capacity to recycle up to 50 GL of wastewater per annum by 2025
In 2009 (the baseline year), recycled wastewater capacity was 58.3 gigalitres (GL). By 2012, capacity had increased to 76.5 GL, leading the Audit Committee to rate progress as ‘positive movement’.
The target is to have the system capacity to recycle up to 50 GL of wastewater per annum by 2025. The Audit Committee considers South Australia to be ‘on track’ to achieve this target. Although the levels recorded in recent years exceed the 50 GL target, it will be necessary to maintain this level through to 2025 in order to fully achieve this target.
This target measures the capacity to recycle wastewater, which does not reflect the amount of wastewater that is being recycled on an annual basis.
Recommendation from the SASP Audit Committee
That the target is modified as part of the next SASP update process, given that the 50 GL level was exceeded in the baseline year, well ahead of the 2025 target year. This could involve adopting a more ambitious wastewater recycling capacity target or shifting the focus from capacity to reuse.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Lead agencies have developed strategies to work towards the achievement of SASP targets.