A new recycled water plant, with a projected production of more than 200 million litres annually, has been opened at Lendlease’s Barangaroo precinct in Sydney.
According to a statement from Lendlease, the Barangaroo South Recycled Water Plant is a critical and final piece of Barangaroo’s infrastructure network, which means Barangaroo will be capable of producing more water than it consumes, in turn becoming an exporter of recycled water.
Lendlease Property Australia chief executive Kylie Rampa said integrating the plant with Barangaroo’s low-carbon, waste management and renewable energy strategies was the culmination of seven years’ work.
“Barangaroo’s other infrastructure network also includes the district cooling plant, which uses Sydney Harbour water to cool all precinct buildings, 188,500 litres of water tanks across the precinct, 6,000sqm of roof-top solar panels and a private power network,” Ms. Rampa said.
“Once fully operational, the plant will be able to produce up to 200 million litres annually, equal to 70 Olympic-sized swimming pools and in addition to the 100 million litres of water annually saved by the centralised cooling plant.
Once fully operational, the Barangaroo plant will have the capacity to sewer mine, a process that produces additional recycled water from sewage for use in irrigation and other non-drinking uses.
NSW Minister for Energy and Utilities Don Harwin, held out Barangaroo as an example to the rest of the world of what partnerships between the government and the private sector can achieve.
“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 CBD,” Mr. Harwin said.
“This is a critical step to fulfil our ambition to make Barangaroo one of the world’s most sustainable urban regeneration precincts.
“The Barangaroo recycled water plant is a brilliant demonstration of the government and the private sector working together – there are now 20 private recycling schemes licensed under the Water Industry Competition Act statewide and I look forward to seeing many more,” Mr Harwin said.