A new proposal from the NSW Government to build a wastewater supply system from wastewater to homes in the state’s west could save more than $2.5 billion per annum, according to new modelling.
The scheme, which the Government hopes to complete by 2021, would use water from underground waste storage tanks, as well as rainwater and municipal waste, to deliver water to homes and businesses.
The new scheme would be the first in the world to use this method.
“The idea is that you put water down the toilet and it’s the same water that goes into a treatment plant,” NSW Government water resources spokesperson Kate Smith said.
“So it’s not the waste water, it’s just the water that is being treated and treated and then it’s going back into the water system.”
That’s how it works.
“The plan also proposes a new wastewater treatment facility, which would deliver wastewater directly to homes.”
If you look at the existing wastewater treatment facilities, we don’t have the capacity to supply all of our customers with that amount of water,” Ms Smith said, adding that the scheme would reduce pollution and lead to cleaner water.”
What we’re proposing to do is we’re going to use a new, new technology and the water itself is not going to be in the system.
“Ms Smith said the scheme could help to reduce NSW’s water consumption by up to 20 per cent and could also reduce waste by up for households.
The State Government has already committed $6.5 million to the scheme, but Ms Smith was reluctant to disclose the exact amount of funding.
She said the plan was still in its early stages and there was no guarantee that it would be successful.”
We are still developing this system, and the cost will depend on a number of factors, so it will depend a lot on the success of this, and how we get this system going,” she said.
She also said that the new scheme was not just about saving money.”
It’s also about making our environment more sustainable and sustainable water is the key element in that equation,” she explained.”
You can’t have a healthy environment without water.
So that’s one of the things that’s exciting about this project, it’ll provide us with a fresh supply of water.
“Ms Taylor said the project would create jobs in the industry, and there would be a positive impact on water quality and health.”
This will help to improve the quality of the water and that will actually help to mitigate some of the impacts of pollution that we see in the city,” she added.
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