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Recycled water is wastewater from homes and businesses which has been treated to remove contaminants, producing water of a quality suitable for use without undue risk to the community.

Appropriately treated recycled water is able to be used for a number of purposes including:

  • irrigating agricultural crops, parks, gardens, golf courses - by safely irrigating recycled water, sustainable development can be achieved while conserving our high quality water supplies; being able to access alternative safe water sources is particularly critical in times of drought (furthermore, substances that can be pollutants when discharged to waterways, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, can be beneficially reused for irrigation)
  • on industrial sites for dust control
  • for industrial cooling purposes
  • domestic non-potable use such as toilet flushing, laundries and gardens.

Recycled Water

Water recycling is becoming a critical element for managing our water resources. Council has been recycling water since the 1980s and over the last decade has increased the amount of water recycled throughout the Tweed. Currently about six per cent of treated wastewater in the Tweed is reused, which is in line with the Australian average of about 5 to 7 per cent.

Maximising the use of recycled water (treated effluent) is a key action in Council's Integrated Water Cycle Management and Demand Management strategies.

Recycled water projects

Delivering recycled water projects involves planning, studies and testing and consultation. So, while many projects have or are being delivered, others such as Hastings Point Dune Revegetation have not been pursued further. Click on the projects below for further details.

Arkinstall Park Municipal Oval, Tweed Heads
Barry Sheppard Oval and Round Mountain Pony Club
Burringbar and Mooball Reuse Scheme
Chindera Golf Course
Chinderah Ti Tree Plantation
Condong Co-generation Facility
Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club
Cugden Banana Farm
Hastings Point Dune Revegetation
Kingscliff Recycled Water Scheme
Kingscliff Turf Farm
Les Burger Field, Bogangar
Murwillumbah Sports Fields
Tumbulgum Sugar Cane Irrigation
Tyalgum Pasture Irrigation
Turf Farm at Round Mountain Road
Tweed Heads Cemetery / Memorial Gardens
Tweed Heads South Industrial Area
Tyalgum Eucalyptus Tree Plantation for Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Uki Eucalyptus Tree Plantation for Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
West Kingscliff

Frequently Asked Questions

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