The Reality of Decentralised Schemes
The name may sound different – but we’ve all heard of decentralised schemes. You would know them as rainwater tanks, re-using stormwater and recycling water for non-drinking uses such as irrigation.
These schemes provide fit-for-purpose water for localised uses – but not for drinking. These schemes can reduce demand on the bulk water supply system, by providing water for things such as watering sports fields, flushing toilets and industrial use, that normally drinking water would be used for.
But the costs and benefits of proposed decentralised schemes need to be carefully weighed up. Some schemes ended up being decomissioned because there were higher operational and maintenance costs than originally anticipated, complexity in managing schemes and onerous regulatory requirements.Check out our video and fact sheet for more information.