Lower Hunter Recycled Water Initiative


Lower Hunter Recycled Water Initiative: Fact sheet (PDF - 540.02 KB)

About the project:

Project location: Lower Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Funding recipients: Hunter Water Corporation

Total Australian Government funding: $8,850,000 (GST exclusive)

Water savings: up to 3.7 GL/yr

This project is comprised of several sub-projects. The Australian Government is providing funding for:

  • the Kooragang Industrial Water Scheme
  • a renewable energy component (including Cessnock Wastewater Treatment Works Cogeneration Plant)
  • the provision of an educational facility to showcase recycled water and water-related sustainability initiatives
  • the Branxton Irrigation Water Scheme.

One other sub-project, the Gillieston Heights Phase 2 residential dual reticulation, has been halted due to a slow down in development of residential lots.

Two other sub-projects have been added to replace Gillieston Heights. These are:

  • Shortland Wastewater Treatment Works Sludge Management Upgrade
  • Cessnock Wastewater Treatment Works Recycled Water Reuse Scheme.

Project benefits/objectives:

  • Develop recycling initiatives that maximise potable water substitution.
  • Improve the reliability of supply for all customers.
  • Improve water quality in the Hunter River and its tributaries through reducing the amount of pollutants currently discharged.
  • Provide a water infrastructure base that can be further expanded to meet the community's future needs.
  • Provide a focal point for community education in the Hunter to assist demand management; a key part of the overall strategy for water security in the region.
  • Assist residential customers to meet NSW Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) requirements.

Project Progress:

The sub-projects are progressing well as part of the renewable energy/carbon offsets program; contracts have been signed for tree planting and the solar panel installation, and the construction of the Cessnock co-generation plant has commenced. A consortium has been chosen for the detailed design of the Kooragang Industrial Water Plant.


Details of the Lower Hunter Recycled Water Initiative can be located at www.hunterwater.com.au