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ORANGE RECYCLED WATER PROJECT

Orange recycled water project a vital step forward for Australia’s future drinking water supplies

Media Releases - 15 April 2009

Guaranteeing future supplies of drinking water for drought and climate change-ravaged areas of Australia took a critical step forward today as Orange City Council became the first centre in the country to harvest its stormwater for drinking, Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kiernan AO said.

The $5 million stormwater harvesting scheme in the NSW Central West today started collecting about 25 megalitres, or two days' water supply, for treatment in holding ponds.

“Orange is showing the way for the rest of Australia towards drought-proofing communities for the future,” Mr Kiernan said.

Mr Kiernan said that where previous attempts in Australia to recycle water for drinking had failed, such as in Toowoomba, Orange should succeed.

“Orange City Council has let the community decide that recycling water for drinking is safe and the best way to secure its future drinking water supplies.

“Recycling water to meet both drinking and non-drinking water needs is safe, the technology to do it is proven, and it is the by far the cheapest option available, not just for Orange but for many other communities.

“Water recycling has a vital role to play in meeting the future water needs of many Australian cities and towns,” Mr Kiernan said.

“This technology on its own could be the basis on which many drought-prone communities plan their future with confidence.”


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