Water-reuse education centre opens in Sydney

The Water Recycling Education Centre was been officially opened on 21 February 2011 in the St Marys suburb of Sydney, Australia, by water minister Phillip Costa today in St Marys, adding to the community education resources of Sydney Water.

Costa said the Water Recycling Education Centre uses state of the art education and training technologies to explain the role of water recycling in securing Sydney’s water supply.

“This includes showing how water is recycled and then used, and how the latest technology and techniques in sustainable environmental management are delivering benefits for Sydney Water users,” Costa said. “The centre is designed for universities, further education colleges and high schools, professional and trade groups, and key community groups.

Sydney Water is working with secondary and tertiary teachers to ensure that the material at the centre targets and complements existing courses.

The centre is part of the US$ 209 million St Marys Water Recycling Plant, Sydney Water’s largest water-reuse project and one of the biggest in Australia. It will provide about 18 million m³ of recycled water each year which will improve the quality of water in the Nepean river.