Recycling and reuse

Recycling involves treating wastewater to create new products which can be used in our homes, industry and agriculture.

Our recycling and reuse programs aim to save our precious drinking water supplies and reduce the amount of waste entering our environment.

Case study: Our first residential recycled water schemes

More than 1,100 homes in Chisholm and Gillieston Heights are being connected to recycled water in 2019 as part of our first residential recycled water scheme.

It is estimated each household will use 40 per cent less drinking water, by instead using high quality treated wastewater for a range of non-drinking purposes such as flushing toilets, machine washing clothes and watering the garden.

A purpose-built treatment plant at Morpeth supplies recycled water to 355 homes in Chisholm, and the new Farley treatment plant supplies 772 homes in Gillieston Heights.

The new schemes are expected to significantly reduce the amount of drinking water used at each property, and in turn help preserve our water supplies. When much of the state is experiencing drought, it’s really important that we save our precious resource.

Recycled water services

The main uses of recycled water in the Lower Hunter are watering open space, industrial, agricultural and residential.


Recycled water resources for schools

Help students learn about what recycled water can be used for around the home. Look out, purple taps about!