There are many benefits of using recycled water, find out more below.
Reduces drinking water use
Huntlee homes connected to recycled water are reducing drinking water by 40 to 70 per cent. Wastewater will be harvested from kitchens, bathrooms and laundries and then purified at our Huntlee Local Water Centre. It will then be returned to homes to use on gardens and lawns, and for washing down equipment outdoors, flushing toilets and in washing machines.
These uses can make up between 40 and 70 per cent of water consumption. Therefore, residential drinking water consumption is reduced by up to 70 per cent across Huntlee.
Saves precious drinking supplies
By using recycled water for up to 70 per cent of residential and outdoor use, it is possible to save large quantities of drinking water across the entire Huntlee community.
This means drinking water can be stored in local drinking water reserves for use during droughts, used to support healthy river flows or simply to drink.
Keeping drinking water supplies at secure levels is an essential part of the Lower Hunter Water Plan and is the responsibility of us all.
More water that costs less
Huntlee’s recycled water is cheaper than drinking water, saving you money on your usage charges.
The Huntlee Water sustainable network means you don’t have to install a rainwater tank, saving you money. BASIX requires that new homes are built to standards that include either a rainwater tank or recycled water system.
Because Huntlee is part of a sustainable water network, new homes are recognised for BASIX certification and rainwater tanks are not needed to achieve BASIX.
No water restrictions
Recycled water is not subject to water restrictions, giving households a secure water supply all year round.
In the event of drought and water restrictions, Huntlee homes will not be affected. The use of recycled water, sourced from wastewater, means precious drinking water supplies can be preserved and are unaffected by the recycled water use in the Huntlee community.
In addition, drinking water supplies to the community will not be affected during restrictions because this water is used for essential purposes only - drinking, cleaning and showering.
Improves the environment
Recycled water frees up drinking water supplies so they can be used to improve environmental flows. If drinking water supplies stay high in water storages such as Chichester Dam, reserves can be used to improve the environmental flows into the Chichester and Williams Rivers.
The more communities use recycled water, the more water can be saved in these drinking water supplies which, in turn, feed into our precious river systems across the Hunter and NSW.
Creating a sustainable future
Recycled water is contributing to Australia’s sustainable future in a number of ways.
Without recycled water systems, homes and communities pump millions of litres of wastewater into rivers and out to sea every year. This waste receives minimal treatment before it is pumped into rivers and out to sea. Sadly, it often reappears as pollution on our beaches and in waterways after storms or tides. Wastewater can also be incinerated creating another kind of pollution - CO2 or carbon emissions.
Instead, we harvest this wastewater, purifying it and reuse it on site to support our community and keep gardens, lawns and sporting fields green. The reuse of a waste product is a positive solution that eliminates several major environmental pollutants.
The more communities and households can reuse their waste, the more we can improve our environment and secure a sustainable future.