Distribution of recycled water in Black Rock delayed

Posted 8 September 2017

Recycled water in useBarwon Water’s Black Rock water plant is holding off on distributing Class A recycled water to growth areas until there are a minimum of 5800 homes connected.

The utility said the delay in providing non-drinking recycled water to the community is necessary to ensure demand meets cost-effective operation. 

The utility will continue to supply drinking water to households in Armstrong Creek and Torquay North, Barwon Water Infrastructure Services General Manager Paul Northey told the Gold Coast Bulletin.  

“There are 3170 homes in Armstrong Creek and 490 in Torquay North connected to the Barwon Water system. The amount of connected homes required to operate the plant efficiently is 5800,” he said. 

“In the event we experience a drier summer than recent years, we will consider supplying Class A water earlier than planned. Currently, drinking water is the most cost-effective option for the residential area of Armstrong Creek and Torquay North.”

Despite providing drinking water through the utility’s ‘purple pipe’ recycled water system, Barwon Water has honoured its commitment to charge provision for the discounted price of $1.81 per KL, compared to $2.26 per KL through the drinking water system.

Minister for Water Lisa Neville said the Victorian Government will continue to encourage reliance on recycled water through its Water for Victoria strategy.

“There has been a decline in demand for recycled water across the state, and it’s important customers do not pay for the delivery of water that no one is willing to use,” Neville said.

“It is fantastic that in our region we have a facility that can meet demand for recycled water as our population grows, new development occurs and climate change affects potable water supplies.”
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