Continuous biosolids production is provided at Morpeth WWTW and all biosolids produced are beneficially used for mine site rehabilitation.
Recycled water from the plant is used for:
- grit and screening washing
- general washdown around the plant
- grounds irrigation.
A nearby farmer, golf course and trotting track also take effluent from the plant for irrigation.
One of the maturation ponds retained after the previous trickling filter plant was decommissioned is currently used as an effluent storage pond for the Thornton North Dual Reticulation Scheme, enabling up to 3 Megalitres per day of effluent to be reused through summer.
As effluent reuse is primarily for irrigation, demands can be much lower during winter due to increased rainfall.
Unused treated effluent is discharged to the Hunter River.
Hunter Water recycles approximately 5091Megalitres per year. Learn more about our recycling and reuse initiatives.