Total funding: Total project cost $381,865, with funding of $350,000 from the Australian Government under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns and the remaining funding provided by the Lithgow City Council.
About the project
Lithgow City Council is undertaking an augmentation program to improve the quality of the effluent discharge from the Lithgow Sewage Treatment Plant. The quality of the effluent will be to a standard that allows it to be used for irrigation of the local golf course and other green precincts within close proximity of the treatment plant.
The Australian government funded element of the project will fund the installation of a delivery pipeline from the treatment plant to the golf course. This pipeline will allow up to 1500 million litres each year of treated effluent to be available for the irrigation purposes and will initially be used for replacing the golf course demand of 20 million litres of water per year.
This project will:
- improve the sustainability of the area's potable water supply through better resource management by replacing a minimum of 20 million litres of potable water with recycled water
- reduce the use of groundwater sources for the irrigation of Lithgow Golf Course, and
- reduce the discharge of the treated effluent to the environment.
The project commenced on the 22 February 2011 and is scheduled for completion by the 30 June 2012.
National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns projects are funded by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.