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Water 2017, 9(3), 223; doi:10.3390/w9030223

Achieving Resilience through Water Recycling in Peri-Urban Agriculture

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Capital Works and Facilities, Western Sydney University, Penrith 2751, Australia
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School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University, Penrith 2751, Australia
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Received: 19 December 2016 / Revised: 7 March 2017 / Accepted: 15 March 2017 / Published: 18 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Resilient Water Management in Agriculture)
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Abstract

Pressures on urban, peri-urban and rural water and agricultural systems are increasingly complex with multiple interacting stresses and impacts. As a way of addressing these issues there has been increasing consideration as to how to build and manage resilience in these complex social-ecological systems. This paper presents a case study of the role of water recycling for agricultural use within the context of the peri-urban water cycle in Western Sydney, Australia. Building upon a description of the water cycle associated with water reclaimed from urban wastewater and stormwater harvesting; aspects which enhance resilience are identified and discussed. These include water resource security, avoidance of wastewater discharges to receiving waters, enhanced processes of landscape ecology, provision of ecosystem services, environmental risk management, local agricultural products and services, social values, livelihood opportunity, and the industrial ecology of recycled organics. View Full-Text
Keywords: resilience; water recycling; peri-urban agriculture; water cycle management resilience; water recycling; peri-urban agriculture; water cycle management
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Attwater, R.; Derry, C. Achieving Resilience through Water Recycling in Peri-Urban Agriculture. Water 2017, 9, 223.

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