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Rosehill Recycled Water Scheme - Delivering recycled water for industrial re-use


AquaNet Sydney (part of the Jemena Ltd group) together with Veolia designed, built, own and operate the Rosehill Recycled Water Scheme – including the Fairfield Recycled Water Plant.

Rosehill Recycled Water Scheme

 

THE CHALLENGE

The NSW Government aims to increase the amount of water recycled in Sydney to 70 billion litres a year by 2015. The Rosehill Recycled Water Scheme is one of the water recycling projects under the NSW Government's Metropolitan Water Plan and supports this commitment by encouraging industrial and irrigation customers to use recycled water instead of drinking water.

THE SOLUTION

AquaNet Sydney (part of the Jemena Ltd group) together with Veolia designed, built, own and operate the Rosehill Recycled Water Scheme – including the Fairfield Recycled Water Plant with a capacity of 20 megalitres per day, two pump stations and three reservoirs connected by 20 kilometres of pipeline. A portion of this pipeline network uses existing gas pipe infrastructure.

Veolia was responsible for designing, building, financing the water recycling plant and is now operating and maintaining it under a long term contract.

The plant produces 4.3 billion litres a year of highly treated recycled water for major industrial and commercial customers in Rosehill and Smithfield reducing demands on drinking water supplies. Foundation customers include Marubeni Australia Power Services, Sydney Turf Club (which manages Rosehill race course) Boral Australian Gypsum, Visy Paper and LyondellBasell Australia.

The plant is specifically designed for future demand by being capable of producing an extra three billion litres of recycled water per year if required at a later date. Construction of the pilot plant commenced in early 2009. The scheme was completed in mid-2011. This is Australia’s first private scheme for high grade recycled water.

Following the passing of the Water Industry Competition Act (WICA) by the New South Wales Government, in May 2009 Veolia became the first private company to be granted a WICA licence. The licence permits Veolia to construct, maintain and operate the new recycled water plant.

Veolia’s solution includes:
  • High grade recycled water for industrial re-use
  • Design, build and operation
  • First private company awarded a Water Industry Competition Act (WICA) license.
 

THE RESULT

  • Saves large amounts of drinking water, helping to support a sustainable water supply for the future
  • Is a reliable, alternative water supply for irrigation and industrial processes
  • Can help reduce the amount of nutrients from treated wastewater entering the ocean, creeks and rivers
  • Ensuring water supply security for Sydney Water’s customers.
 

KEY FIGURES

  • 4.3 billion litres a year of highly treated recycled water
  • Capacity treat and supply up to 20 megalitres per day.