There are many benefits of using recycled water, find out more below.
Saves precious drinking water
By using recycled water for up to 50 per cent of household/outdoor use, it is possible to save large quantities of drinking water across the entire Green Square community.
This means drinking water can be preserved in local drinking water supplies for use during droughts, to enhance river flows or for drinking purposes.
Keeping drinking water supplies at secure levels is an essential part of the state water management plan and is the responsibility of us all.
Sourcing local water for local uses
Green Square Water is helping the City of Sydney source and use water locally. This enhances local ecosystems, reduces pollution and prevents hundreds of thousands of litres of stormwater from being pumped out to sea, polluting the environment.
Green Square recycled water is 10 cents cheaper per kilolitre than Sydney Water drinking water. By using more recycled water Green Square homes, offices and shops can save money on your water bills.
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, Green Square apartments, shops and offices will not be affected. The use of recycled water, sourced from stormwater, means precious drinking water supplies can be preserved and are unaffected by the recycled water use in the Green Square community.
In addition, Sydney Water 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. Drinking water supplies, such as Warragamba Dam can improve their environmental flows into the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers, if their supply levels stay high.
The more communities using recycled water, the more water can be saved in these water supplies which feed into our precious river systems across Sydney and NSW.
Creating a sustainable future
Recycled water is helping to ensure Australia’s sustainable future in a number of ways.
Without recycled water systems, homes and communities pump millions of litres of wastewater out to sea every year. This waste receives minimal treatment before it is pumped into our oceans and seas. 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.
In the case of stormwater, large amounts of sediment accompany this water as it enters the marine environment causing pollution.
Instead, recycled water schemes such as Green Square harvest this wasted water, purifying it and reusing it on site to enhance gardens, lawns and sporting fields and creating a new secure water source for non drinking uses in the home or workplace.
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.