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Recycled Water

The Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program

Hawkesbury City Council received Australian Government funding of $7.9 million towards the $9.8 million Recycled Water Treatment and Distribution System to be located at the South Windsor Sewage Treatment Plant (STP).

The new facility includes recycled water storage tanks, a chlorine dosing facility, a pumping station and a distribution network to supply the recycled water to Hawkesbury City Council reserves, schools and sporting fields in the South Windsor and Bligh Park areas.

Advantages of the Project include the reduction in nitrogen and phosphorous being discharged into South Creek (and thus the Hawkesbury River) and the potential to produce up to 100 Mega Litres per year of recycled water for irrigation, reducing potable water use and helping to increase Sydney’s water supply security. The availability of a continuous source of water to irrigate playing fields will also improve playing surfaces and increase safety for players.

The project was part of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program which consisted of seven projects and improved river health below the major water supply dams by increasing the water available for environmental flows in the river and reducing nutrient loads. The Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program was funded by the Australian Government through the Water for the Future initiative.

For information on the South Windsor Effluent Reuse Scheme, please visit the NSW Office of Water website or contact Ramiz Younan on (02) 4560 4519.

The Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program is funded by the Australian Government through the Water for the Future Program

South Windsor Effluent Reuse Scheme

Recycled water will help:

  • reduce the impact of urban development on water resources
  • reduce water extraction
  • save valuable potable water for personal use and drinking

It will also help protect South Creek by reducing the nitrogen and phosphorous being discharged into South Creek and thus the Hawkesbury River. Recycling produces a secure and sustainable source of water that is less dependent on climate and rainfall.

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