- The facility will be located within the new Sydney Science Park
- Will initially produce 1.2M litres of recycled water daily
- Collaboration between the NSW Government, Sydney Water and Celestino
As part of the $5 billion Sydney Science Park project, Western Sydney will soon have access to an additional 2.4 million litres of recycled water daily.
Sydney Science Park will be located on 287 hectares of land at Luddenham, within the Western Sydney Aerotropolis growth precinct.
Construction commenced after the Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey; managing director of Sydney Water, Roch Cheroux, and interim Celestino CEO Matthew Scard turned first soil on the project.
Initially, the hub will produce 1.2 million litres of recycled water daily, before growing to around 2.4 million litres.
1.2 million litres equates to some 10,000 toilets flushing, clothes washing, watering gardens and public open spaces.
This is in addition to the about 127 million litres of recycled water supplied across Greater Sydney daily – or about 47 billion litres annually.
Ms Pavey said the project represents a blueprint for the large-scale development of recycled water.
“Water is our most precious resource and we are using both innovation and new technology to create new ways of using and sharing water across the state,” said Ms Pavey.
“This integrated water treatment approach will help bring to life the Western Parkland City vision by creating cooler, greener and more livable places for us all to enjoy.”
Melinda Pavey, Minister for Water, Property and Housing
Mr Cheroux added that the inclusion of innovative recycled water services allows for the creation of a vibrant, economic, education, and research hub in the Western Parkland City.
“By partnering with Celestino in a landmark partnership, we are not only able to provide sustainable and resilient water services to the Sydney Science Park, but to also trial new smart technologies for future use,” Mr Cheroux said.
The smart systems in place monitor environmental factors such as current and forecast temperatures, rainfalls, humidity and social moisture levels. In turn, this real-time information is used to deliver on-demand recycled water supplies.
“To partner with Sydney Water and have recycled water being used not only in homes, but in public spaces is a first for greenfield development and will create a much greener and cooler environment at Sydney Science Park,” Mr Scard said.
“As a designated CSIRO Urban Living Lab, Sydney Science Park aims to create a more liveable, sustainable and resilient city, and water is at the forefront of this.”