Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct is well on its way to becoming a net exporter of recycled water with the completion of its recycled water plant, making the site one of the most sustainable in Australia.
The plant is expected to produce more than 200ML of recycled water annually, and was the final piece of the infrastructure network needed to make the precinct water positive.
NSW Minister for Energy and Utilities Don Harwin said the water-sensitive precinct is an example of how much governments and private sector can achieve when working together.
"Lendlease has set a new precedent for water conservation in an urban area, creating a positive and lasting legacy for both Barangaroo and the wider central business district," Harwin said.
"This is a critical step to fulfil our ambition to make Barangaroo one of the world's most sustainable urban regeneration precincts.''
Currently, about 25,000 workers and visitors attend the precinct daily. When completed, Barangaroo will include three office towers, a new retail area on the central site and almost 1000 apartments.
Developer Lendlease Property Australia’s Chief Executive Kylie Rampa said integrating the recycled water plant with its waste management and renewable energy strategy was the product of years of hard work and planning.
''The opening of the Barangaroo South Recycled Water Plant represents a final piece of the puzzle towards us becoming Australia's first water positive precinct,'' Rampa said.
Barangaroo's other infrastructure network also includes the district cooling plant – utilising Sydney Harbour water to cool precinct buildings – as well as 6000 square metres of roof-top solar panels and a private power network.