How Australia turns wastewater into drinking water

From Atomic Frontier.

I go behind the scenes at the Beenyup Water Resource Recovery Facility to uncover the science of sewage. Sponsored by Brilliant. Head to for a 30 days trial and to get 20% off their premium annual subscription.

Huge thanks to the team at WA Water Corp for letting us come film!

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0:00 Intro
0:27 What’s in waste water?
1:47 Inflow and screenings
2:40 Sedimentation
4:00 Digesters
4:52 Aeration
5:18 The Sun is a Deadly Lazer
6:13 Advanced Water Recycling
7:49 But can you drink it?
8:43 Captain Sailout

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Hi, I’m James. I explore the world looking for interesting engineering stories which explore complex issues in interesting ways. I hold a Honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Australia and a Master’s in Space Systems Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I’m one year into a PhD on space robotics at MIT.

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