Water recycled from sewage is a valuable resource with a range of uses across the commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential sectors.
Recycled water is wastewater (sewage) treated and disinfected to a safe standard for beneficial reuse.
All of our water reclamation plants produce recycled water.
We do not refer to stormwater or domestic greywater as recycled water.
Recycled water is classified into 4 classes, depending on its treatment level and reuse opportunities.
Recycled water is a key element in securing our future water supply.
Increased use of recycled water reduces our reliance on drinking water.
Recycled water is a renewable resource, as it is continually replenished through our sewerage system
Our water reclamation plants currently produce recycled water by a combination of mechanical and biological processes.
Recycled water is made available to local customers by a network of pipes, or can be trucked in certified tankers.
Our reclamation plants produce around three billion litres of recycled water a year.
In our region, recycled water is currently used for a range of purposes, including:
A number of current and upcoming projects will see higher quality recycled water produced, and a greater range of potential uses in the near future.
A new recycled water facility will provide high quality recycled water for water sensitive urban development, industry, agriculture, and community recreational facilities.
The Black Rock Recycled Water Plant will be located adjacent to the existing water reclamation facility in Connewarre, part of the Black Rock Environmental Precinct.
The new plant will supply Class A and high quality Class C recycled water for a wider range of customers, including residential users in Armstrong Creek and Torquay North.
In addition to drinking water and sewerage connections, homes, businesses, sporting grounds and public facilities in the new Armstrong Creek and Torquay North developments will have access to recycled water via a dedicated “purple pipe” from the new Black Rock facility.
Currently, only a few business customers in our region have access to recycled water. In the near future, residents of Armstrong Creek and Torquay North will be able to use high quality Class A recycled water to wash their cars, water their gardens, flush their toilets and more.
A new water recycling facility under construction in Geelong's north will treat trade waste from the Shell Geelong Refinery and domestic sewage from neighbouring suburbs.
The plant will produce Class A recycled water for use in the refinery and local sporting grounds.
It will save two billion litres of drinking water by 2012.
We're committed to best-practice recycled water treatment and use.
We are currently undertaking research into Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR), a method of storing water in underground aquifers for future use.
If successful, ASR may be a viable method of storing recycled water for future developments.
The recycled water information pack is a series of 12 fact sheets covering:
The information pack has been prepared for stakeholders and community members, including current and future users of recycled water, and other interested parties.