Hawks Nest Recycled Water Scheme
The Hawks Nest Recycled Water Scheme sees treated water from the Hawks Nest Sewage Treatment Plant reused as irrigation on the nearby golf course.
It is also planned to use the treated water at Myall Park and it is hoped this will get underway later this year (2015) following consultation with the user groups.
Previously MidCoast Water returned the treated water from the plant back to the water cycle through the sand dunes, however working with the golf course and other sites provides a beneficial use for the water and actively reduces the amount of groundwater extracted.
Once fully commissioned the scheme will see more than 120 million litres of water reused each year, which is approximately 40 per cent of the total effluent treated at the Hawks Nest plant.
Irrigating with the treated water has also reduced the need for fertilisers at the golf course as trace nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous are present in the treated water.
The project initally involved irrigation of the golf course only and the recycled water was to be suitable for irrigation with restricted public access. Additional funding from the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPC), under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns has meant that additional sites can utilise recycled water. The funding has also meant that the plant will undergo additional augmentation to result in a higher quality recycled water which will be fit for irrigation with unrestricted public access.
The project involved an upgrade of the Hawks Nest plant and the construction of a transfer system to connect the plant to the Hawks Nest Golf Course, Myall Park and Providence Bay Park.
The beneficial reuse of treated water on golf courses has been taking place for some years, with Kew and Maitland Golf Courses examples of successful reuse projects.
For more details download our Hawks Nest Recycled Water Scheme fact sheet or the Information sheet for golfers at Hawks Nest Golf Club.