There are many benefits of using recycled water, find out more below.
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 Gables 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 State Water Management Plan and is the responsibility of us all.
Box Hill Water’s recycled water is cheaper than drinking water, saving you money on your monthly usage charges. Box Hill Water’s recycled water is cheaper per kilolitre than Sydney Water drinking water. If you use more recycled water you can save more.
Being a part of the Box Hill Water sustainable network will also mean you don’t need to install a rainwater tank to meet BASIX requirements, freeing up space on your lot for other uses. BASIX requires that new homes are built to standards that include either a rainwater tank or recycled water system.
Because The Gables 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 a more secure water supply during periods of drought and not subject to the same water restrictions as drinking water.
In the event of drought and water restrictions, we do not expect that The Gables homes connected to our supply will 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 Gables community.
Drinking water used for essential purposes, such as drinking, cleaning and showering are not affected during restrictions. However, irrigation is affected by drought restrictions, meaning The Gables gardens will stay greener during periods of drought as they will not be affected by the same restrictions.
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 Warragamba Dam, reserves can be used to improve the environmental flows into the Hawkesbury-Nepean River.
The more communities use recycled water, the more water can be saved in drinking water resevoirs which, in turn, feed into our precious river systems across Sydney 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 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 wastewater, purify it and reuse it on site to support our communities 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.