There are many benefits of using recycled water, find out more below.
Reduces drinking water use
Vermont homes connected to recycled water are reducing drinking water by 40 to 70 per cent. Wastewater is harvested from kitchens, bathrooms and laundries and then purified at our local Pitt Town Water Centre. It is then returned to homes for use on gardens and lawns, for washing down equipment outdoors, for flushing toilets and washing clothes.
These uses can make up between 40 and 70 per cent of water consumption. Drinking water consumption is therefore reduced for up to 70 per cent of residential use across Vermont Estate and its 940 homes.
Saves precious drinking supplies
By using recycled water for up to 70 per cent of household/outdoor use, it is possible to save large quantities of drinking water across the entire Vermont community.
This means drinking water can be preserved in local drinking water supplies for use during droughts, to enhance river flows or for drinking purposes.
Keeping drinking water supplies at secure levels is an essential part of the State water management plan and is the responsibility of us all.
More water for less cost
Pitt Town Water’s recycled water is cheaper than drinking water, reducing your usage charges on your monthly bills. Pitt Town recycled water is 10 cents cheaper per kilolitre than Sydney Water drinking water. By using more recycled water Vermont homes can increase their savings.
The Pitt Town Water sustainable network is also cheaper to install than a rainwater tank. BASIX requires that new homes are built to BASIX standards with a rainwater tank or recycled water systems.
Because Vermont Estate and its local neighbourhood are part of the Pitt Town sustainable water network, new homes are recognised for BASIX certification - rainwater tanks are not needed to achieve BASIX.
By connecting to the Pitt Town recycled water network, homeowners are saving between $6,000 and $10,000 on the installation and maintenance of a rainwater tank system.
No water restrictions
Recycled water is not subject to water restrictions, giving households a drought proof water supply all year round.
In the event of drought and water restrictions, Vermont homes supply of recycled water will not be affected. The use of recycled water, sourced from wastewater, means precious drinking water supplies can be preserved, helping them last longer.
In addition, Sydney Water drinking water supplies to the community will not be affected during restrictions because this water is used for essential purposes only - drinking, cleaning and showering.
Improves the environment
Recycled water frees up drinking water supplies so they can be used to improve environmental flows. Drinking water supplies, such as Warragamba Dam can improve their environmental flows into the for Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers, if their supply levels stay high.
The more communities using recycled water, the more water can be saved in these water supplies which feed into our precious river systems across Sydney and NSW.
Creating a sustainable future
Recycled water is helping to ensure 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 and into our rivers every year. Where traditional treatment methods are used, this waste receives minimal treatment before it is pumped into our rivers and oceans. 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, recycled water harvests this wastewater, purifying it and reusing it on site to enhance gardens, lawns and sporting fields. 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.