(How) Is Wastewater Reused?

Compiled by:
Katharina Conradin (seecon international gmbh), Michael Kropac (seecon international gmbh), Dorothee Spuhler (seecon international gmbh)

Wastewater Recharge/Reuse

Now, add information on recharge and reuse into the picture:

  • Is the wastewater (in general, for domestic, agricultural or industrial areas) recycled or is it just discharged?
  • Does this create any problems so far?
  • Are there potential users for treated wastewater? Who could that be?


Where to get further information: Call up sewage treatment plants (if they exist) for further information. Also the city planning authority should know more about this. Individual stakeholders (such as large industries) should also be able to answer your questions.


Interlinkages: The field “wastewater discharge/recharge/reuse” is influenced by the preceding treatment steps that precede it, and it influences almost all other areas of the water and nutrient cycle: Water sources (e.g. by polluting them - or by restoring them), the subsequent form of purification, and also distribution and use (if water is recharged or reuse, this increases the total amount of water available for use). Which other interlinkages are there in your specific case?


The Case of  Unsustainaville

Recharge & Reuse in Unsustainaville


SEECON 2010 Unsustainaville recharge and reuse

Unsustainaville - recharge and reuse of wastewater (SEECON 2010).

To put it simply - Unsustainaville does not practice any reuse of treated wastewater. Treated wastewater is also not used to recharge groundwater sources. It is simply discharged into the river.

Problems with Recharge & Reuse in Unsustainaville


SEECON 2010 Unsustainaville Recharge and Reuse Problems

Unsustainaville - problems with recharge and reuse (SEECON 2010).

The fact that no reuse is practiced, leads to the following problems

Where do I find further information to tackle problems with recharge and reuse?