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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Senator Doug Cameron

Senator for New South Wales

Water reuse scheme benefits Hawkesbury River

Joint media release
6 June 2011
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Construction of a treated wastewater re-use scheme at South Windsor as part of an Australian Government funded project to improve the health of the Hawkesbury River has progressed significantly.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, said the project will result in the reuse of 1.4 billion litres of treated wastewater each year from the South Windsor sewage treatment plant, reducing the nutrient load discharged into the Hawkesbury River and improving the river’s water quality.

“The Australian Government has provided $9.138 million for the construction of the treated wastewater reuse scheme through its Water Smart Australia program,” Senator Farrell said.

“It is one of seven projects under the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery program, which is receiving $77.4 million in Australian Government funding to improve river health below the major water supply dams, by increasing the water available for environmental flows in the river and reducing nutrient loads.”

Construction of the disinfection facility, pipe distribution network and chlorination tank is now complete. The slab for the two-megalitre storage tank has been poured and construction has begun on the storage tank and electrical switchroom.

Attending the event to mark the progress made on the re-use scheme, New South Wales Senator Doug Cameron, said the project includes construction of an associated distribution system to irrigate Council reserves and schools at South Windsor and Bligh Park with recycled water.

“Having a continuous source of water to irrigate playing fields will not only improve the playing surfaces and quality of the open space areas at South Windsor and Bligh Park, but also save about 100 megalitres each year of drinking water currently used for open space irrigation,” Senator Cameron said.

Hawkesbury City Council is contributing up to $700,000 to the project, which is due to be completed by 31 August 2011.

The Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative invests in urban water programs in cities, towns, and remote communities to help states, territories and local communities achieve long-term water security.