Recycled water soon on tap
A MILESTONE in residents one day being able to use recycled water to flush the toilet has been reached.
Ballina Shire Council in the past fortnight commissioned its new recycled water plant in Ballina, which has more than twice the capacity of the old waste-water treatment plant.
The commissioning of the new plant will mean the old plant can be demolished to make way for the final stage of the project.
Kate Pye, council's communication and education officer for waster and water, said the new plant would dramatically improve the quality of treated water being discharged to the environment.
"When the final stage is completed, the water will be of a high enough quality to supply recycled water to houses and businesses which have dual reticulation," she said.
"Dual reticulation simply means two pipes.
"The recycled water pipes will be coloured purple and will carry high-quality recycled water to gardens, toilets and cold water washing taps in new homes.
"This will take pressure off the region's freshwater drinking supplies."
The two-year project aims to be fully completed later this year.
It is part of Ballina Shire Council's long-term Urban Water Management Scheme which started back in 2002 and will accommodate future population growth.
For more information about the project, see council's website.