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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Hawkesbury health boost from water re-use scheme

Media release
14 November 2011
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The Hawkesbury River's health will receive a boost thanks to an Australian Government funded wastewater re-use scheme at South Windsor.

The Australian Government provided $9.138 million through its Water Smart Australia program for the construction of the scheme, which will deliver up to 100 million litres of treated wastewater from the South Windsor sewage treatment plant for re-use each year.

Officially turning on the taps today, Senator for New South Wales Matt Thistlethwaite said the treated recycled water provided by the scheme would provide significant water saving and environmental benefits.

"This project will greatly reduce the nutrient load discharged into the Hawkesbury River and improve the health of the river," he said.

"The scheme provides a continuous source of treated recycled water that will be used to irrigate council reserves and school grounds at South Windsor and Bligh Park, improving surfaces and provide safer conditions for players and recreational users."

A 2 million litre storage tank and electrical switch-room were brought online at an official opening today, following completion of the scheme's disinfection facility, pipe distribution network and chlorination tank in July.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, said the scheme is one of seven projects that make up the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery program.

"The Australian Government is providing $77.4 million in funding for the recovery program, under our Water for the Future initiative, to assist the NSW Government, Hawkesbury City Council and many private landholders improve land management practices and reduce nitrogen inputs to the river," he said.

Hawkesbury City Council contributed almost $700,000 to the project.

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.