Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

Project Dates: 2014 to 2019


Drinking water supply and wastewater services are essential components of an urban water system. However, in most cases they are operated separately, often by different entities. By recognising and optimising their connections through a system-wide approach, an integrated management strategy delivers tremendous economic, environmental and social benefits.

The team was awarded an ARC Linkage project (LP140100386) to carry out a world-first investigation of integrated urban water management through multiple and beneficial use of iron salts. Through thorough evaluation and optimization, the MulFe strategy was shown to achieve at least cost, higher quality wastewater effluent, biogas, and sewage sludge, in combination with maintaining high quality drinking water.