Recycled water

We've been recycling water since the 1960s.

We started with small irrigation projects and now produce billions of litres of recycled water each year.

We provide recycled water for homes and businesses, industry, parks, farms, golf courses and playing fields.

This helps save drinking water and secures our water supply for Sydney’s growing population.

Learn about recycled water

Recycled Water Development Servicing Plans - Colebee, Oran Park and Turner Road

The public exhibition period for the Development Servicing Plans (DSPs) for Colebee, Oran Park and Turner Road is closed. 

We considered all submissions before submitting the final DSPs to IPART for registration. Both the Colebee DSP and Oran Park and Turner Road DSP are now registered.

Under the newly registered DSPs, the developer charge for the:

  • Colebee recycled water area is $7,313 for each equivalent tenement 
  • Oran Park and Turner Road recycled water area is $7,847 for each equivalent tenement.
The charges will increase by CPI each subsequent financial year.


These charges represent the financial contribution developers must make for recycled water infrastructure that services their development.

Find out more about charges in land development or email developercharges@sydneywater.com.au.
 

Recycled Water Development Servicing Plans - Hoxton Park and Rouse Hill

The public exhibition period for the draft Development Servicing Plans (DSPs) for Hoxton Park and Rouse Hill is closed.

We considered all submissions before submitting the final DSPs to IPART for registration. Both the Hoxton Park DSP and Rouse Hill DSP are now registered.  

Under the newly registered DSPs, the developer charge for the:

  • Hoxton Park recycled water area is $7,428 for each equivalent tenement
  • Rouse Hill recycled water area is $4,186 for each equivalent tenement.

The charges will increase by CPI each financial year.

These charges represent the financial contribution developers must make for recycled water infrastructure that services their development.  

Find out more about charges in land development or email developercharges@sydneywater.com.au.

Recycled water is used:

  • in homes and businesses to water gardens, flush toilets and wash cars
  • in industry
  • for irrigation and agriculture
  • to help maintain river flows in the Hawkesbury-Nepean River.

Our wastewater and water recycling plants treat wastewater to a high level so it can be safely re-used. 

The water recycling in the Sydney region map shows our recycled water schemes. 


Hoxton Park Recycled Water Scheme

Woman using hose to water garden in residential street

Residents in the Rouse Hill area have been using recycled water since 2001.

  • Location - Edmondson Park, Elizabeth Hills, Freemans Ridge, Ingleburn Gardens, Len Waters Industrial Estate, Middleton Grange, Panorama Estate, Park Bridge Estate and Yarrunga Industrial Estate
  • Timeframe - we plan to start operating this scheme when there are enough properties built and connected to our wastewater and recycled water pipes

We expect that recycled water could start being produced at the water recycling plant in 2019-20. We'll review the number of property connections and forecasted growth in 2017 and prepare a plan to bring the scheme into operation.
 
We'll be providing high quality recycled water to parts of new residential suburbs and industrial areas in Sydney's south-west. 

Learn more about Hoxton Park Recycled Water Scheme.

Recycled water is really just water.

We take wastewater from homes and businesses, and put it through a multi-step treatment process to remove impurities. The purified water can be used in many ways.

Recycling makes our water supply more secure and sustainable.

Recycled water can be produced using:

  • water recycling plants
  • sewer mining
  • on-site systems
  • stormwater harvesting.

Read about the  recycled water treatment processes.

Learn more about producing recycled water.

We treat recycled water to a high standard, but it's not for drinking.

Our clear, high quality recycled water is very safe to use. We meet strict recycled water quality guidelines at all times.

Recycled water can be used:
  • in homes and businesses
  • in industry
  • to irrigate parks, farms and playing fields
  • for river health.

The water recycling in the Sydney region map shows our recycled water schemes.

Learn more about using recycled water.
Sprinklers watering small pots at a nursery

Recycled water can be used to irrigate plants at garden nurseries.

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