Lower Hunter Recycled Water Initiative
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.
- 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.
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