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Ballina Shire Council has turned the tap to begin delivering recycled water to residents around Lennox Head. (file pic)
Ballina Shire Council has turned the tap to begin delivering recycled water to residents around Lennox Head. (file pic)

The Ballina Shire Council has begun delivering recycled water to 160 new houses around Lennox Head and is hoping to increase that number to  7200 homes across the Ballina Shire.

It is the first council in New South Wales to deliver recycled water to local residents for household use.

The council’s Water and Wastewater Manager Tim Mackney said the new service would help ensure the council maintained its high level of customer service in the critical area of water services.

‘Water is a large and complex business but we are fulfilling our vision that Ballina Shire will be at the forefront of recycled water services in regional NSW,’ Mr Mackney said.

‘Council is at least one step ahead of the game by installing the infrastructure essential for a growing population like ours.

‘Meeting future demands for water, maintaining infrastructure for growth and reducing the impact of wastewater discharge are a focus of council’s new recycled water service.”

‘Recycled is crystal clean and safe, and is ideal for washing cars, bikes and boats, watering the garden and filling ornamental ponds. It means more potable water can be preserved for drinking, cooking and bathing.’

For those interested in how the recycled water is produced, the council is holding an open day this Saturday (9 July) at the Lennox Head Wastewater Treatment Plant from 10am to 2pm.

The plant is located at 352 North Creek Road, Skennars Head.

Each tour takes about 30 minutes and bookings are essential for groups of ten or more people.

For further information visit Council’s water website at www.ballinawater.com.au or for tour enquiries contact Council’s Communications’ Team on (02) 6686 4444.


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