Recycling & Reuse

Recycling and Reuse

Hunter Water is using recycled water as one approach towards the long-term management of the water cycle and the reliable delivery of water and wastewater services to the lower Hunter Region, while also ensuring confidence in public health and environmental protection. Hunter Water have a number of recycled water projects currently in place and new opportunities for the future.

Recycled water is a valuable product that can be used to substitute for drinking water supplies in a variety of applications such as industrial process water, irrigation of landscapes and agricultural pastures as well as various domestic uses.

Hunter Water is committed to recycling and has a Recycled Water Policy which outlines what we endeavour to achieve.

Hunter Water recycle approximately 5000ML (5000 million litres) per year. Hunter Water's recycled water scheme can be divided into four categories:

  • Residential use - including land developments at Chisholm and Gilleston Heights.
  • Municipal use - including local golf courses and the Kurri TAFE
  • Industrial use - including Eraring Power Station, Oceanic Coal Washery and Orica
  • Agricultural use - including local farmers, woodlots, the Karuah Effluent Reuse Enterprise and Clarence Town Irrigation Scheme