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 for homes and businesses, industry, parks, farms, golf courses and playing fields. Recycling and re-using water means we don’t need to depend as much on rainfall and reduces the amount of waste going to the environment. It ensures we have extra water available in case of drought – and for a growing population.
Recycled water is used:
Our wastewater and water recycling plants treat wastewater to a high level so it can be safely re-used.
The map shows our recycled water schemes. Find out more about existing schemes in our recycled water network or read on to learn about schemes in development.
We'll be providing high quality recycled water to parts of new residential suburbs and industrial areas in Sydney's south-west.
Customers in the Hoxton Park Recycled Water Scheme area are expected to be supplied with recycled water from 2022–23.
Learn more about Hoxton Park Recycled Water Scheme.
Sydney Water is helping shape the Western Parkland City, using a total water cycle approach to deliver sustainable wastewater and recycled water services.
We’re planning an advanced water recycling centre to support population and economic growth in and around the new Western Sydney International Airport.
This is essential infrastructure to support development of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, where the population is expected to multiply 25 times – from 25,000 in 2021 to 650,000 by 2056.
Visit Sydney Water Talk to learn more about the proposed.
We're looking at how we manage the recycled water at the Picton Recycled Water Plant. The plant currently treats wastewater from up to 5,000 homes and businesses in Picton and the surrounding area, producing recycled water which is used to irrigate our Picton Farm.
We’ve been improving the plant, but it is nearing capacity, so we’re looking at alternative ways to manage the excess recycled water by increasing reuse to keep precious water in the community.
Read more about Picton Wastewater Scheme and Water Recycling Plant.