MidCoast Water - Water Recycling & Reuse Program


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

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Hawks Nest, Tuncurry, Harrington and Bulahdelah, NSW

Total funding: Total project cost is $13 million, with funding of $6.189 million from the Australian Government under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns and the remaining funding provided by MidCoast Water.

About the project

MidCoast Water are implementing the Recycling and Reuse Program which involves the reuse of treated effluent for irrigating open spaces and residential purposes in the towns of Hawks Nest, Tuncurry, Harrington and Bulahdelah. Effluent from the local sewage treatment plants will be treated to a standard that makes it usable to irrigate local golf courses, sports grounds and other open spaces.

Project benefits

This project will:

  • produce a 475 million litre potable water offset each year, reducing the reliance on groundwater and surface water
  • provide fit-for-purpose water for the irrigation of open spaces, including sports fields and golf courses that currently rely on drinking water, and
  • improve the availability of drinking water by reducing the demand on the potable water supply.


The project commenced on 20 January 2011 and is scheduled for completion by 30 June 2012.