Integrating Water Cycle Management at Nyrstar Hobart


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.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.


Integrating Water Cycle Management at Nyrstar Hobart: Fact sheet (PDF - 251.75 KB)

About the project

Project location: Hobart, Tasmania

Funding recipient: Nyrstar Hobart Pty Ltd

Total Australian Government funding: $2,641,440 (GST exclusive)

Water savings: up to 869 ML/yr

The project will collect stormwater from the site's stormwater detention facilities then treat it in an existing water treatment plant designed to remove heavy metal contamination.

The project will increase water storage capacity at the zinc smelter, construct a reverse osmosis plant and water distribution infrastructure. This additional infrastructure will enable treated water to replace potable water usage at the location by up to 32 per cent.

Project benefits/objectives:

  • reduce potable water usage within the zinc smelter by up to 32 per cent
  • reduce the demand for potable water by up to 869 ML/yr, and
  • reduce the impact of runoff from the site into the Derwent River.