19.20 Other urban water system decreases
a. Other urban water system decreases
The volume reported (1,591 ML) represents decreases from the urban water system due to process losses from wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) as shown in the following table.
|WWTP||Inflow (ML)||Outflow (ML)||Process loss (ML)|
|Bolivar High Salinity||8,405||7,874||531|
1-6 A negative process loss was reset to zero.
b. Wastewater system overview
The wastewater system is one of three subcomponents of Adelaide's urban water system. The three subcomponents are the:
- urban water supply system
- wastewater system
- recycled water system.
In the Adelaide region, wastewater is collected (line item 11.4 Wastewater collected) from users and treated by SA Water at one of their wastewater treatment plants.
During the 2012–13 year the majority (64%: line item 19.7 Wastewater discharge outside of region) of treated wastewater was discharged to sea; approximately 32% was recycled (see recycled water system overview) and the remaining portion was either discharged to surface water (2%: line item 19.5 Discharge from urban water system to surface water) or lost during wastewater treatment processes (2%: part of line item 19.20 Other urban water system decreases).
The following figure shows all the inflows and outflows associated with the wastewater system. For more detail on a particular flow associated with the wastewater system, refer to the line item notes. The small misbalance shown (1.5%) can be attributed to metering inaccuracies, unaccounted losses and inaccuracies in the estimation of the recycled water on-site in process use.
Note that volumes annotated with an asterisk (*) indicate flows between subcomponents of the urban water system and are not reported in the account. As such, these flows do not have an associated line item number.
Schematic diagram of water inflows and outflows for Adelaide's recycled water system during the 2012–13 year; line item numbers are provided in brackets
Wastewater treatment process losses
Assumptions, limitations, caveats and approximations
- The volume reported does not include any wastewater losses from community waste management systems managed by local councils.
- Volume includes some wastewater collected from outside the Adelaide region and delivered to the Bird-in-Hand WWTP; however, this volume is negligible.