Shoalhaven Water has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2021 Australian Water Association (AWA) NSW Water Awards for its Reclaimed Water Management Scheme (REMS) Stage 1B Works in the Infrastructure Project Innovation Award (Regional).
The Reclaimed Water Management Scheme which is one of the largest reclaimed water management schemes in Australia.
Shoalhaven Water have recently completed major upgrades to our Nowra and Bomaderry sewage treatments plants, which has doubled the reclaimed water available to end users to approximately 12 million litres per day. This reclaimed water would otherwise be discharged to local rivers and to the ocean.
The local dairy farming industry has been the greatest beneficiary of the scheme with the majority of the reclaimed water from six of our sewage treatment plants being beneficially re-used to irrigate dairy pasture. The reclaimed water is also used to keep local sporting fields and golf courses healthy.
The 1B project included the construction of a network of reclaimed water transfer pipelines, including a transfer pipeline under the Shoalhaven River which allows high quality reclaimed water to be connected from Bomaderry and Nowra treatment plants to the existing REMS distribution network.
REMS has been operating successfully for 18 years, providing about 6 million litres of high quality reclaimed water every day to the reuse scheme, from sewage treatment plants in St Georges Basin, Huskisson, Callala and Culburra, prior to the completion of Nowra and Bomaderry treatment plants.
The NSW Water Awards will be presented at the end of February 2021.