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Quantification of potable water savings by residential water conservation and reuse – A case study

Muthukumaran, Shobha and Baskaran, Kanagaratnam and Sexton, Nicole (2011) Quantification of potable water savings by residential water conservation and reuse – A case study. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 55 (11). pp. 945-952. ISSN 0921-3449 (print) 1879-0658 (onine)

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Abstract

To demonstrate the benefits of water conservation at the household level in regional Victoria in Australia, a family house “Sharland Oasis” was designed and built according to an ecologically sustainable design for improved water and energy efficiency. This study has demonstrated that the combined use of alternative water supplies together with water efficient appliances can save up to 77% of total potable water use compared to the average 1990s household water use in the same region considering the location and differing in water use approach. The use of rainwater inside the home alone saved up to 40% of potable water use. In addition to the water savings, there is a significant wastewater discharge saving achieved through the use of water conservation strategies and greywater reuse. A community survey undertaken in regional Victoria revealed that community receptivity for reusing greywater is highest for uses, such as watering gardens and flushing toilets; but it progressively decreased with increasing personal contact with greywater. Positive perception of greywater reuse needs to be encouraged through programs targeted at developing resources, skills and motivation for new water reuse practices and technologies, across a diverse range of social groups.

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Special issue on e-health strategies

Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID23045, potable water savings, household water reuse, water quality, community receptivity
Subjects: FOR Classification > 0502 Environmental Science and Management
SEO Classification > 9609 Land and Water Management
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2012 04:38
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2014 23:28
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/8875
DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2011.04.013
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Citations in Scopus: 13 - View on Scopus

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