Due to Australia’s dry and variable climate, rainfall and runoff has declined.
Namoi Unlimited, and it’s member councils; Walcha Council, Tamworth Regional Council, Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Gunnedah Shire Council and Gwydir Shire Council are looking at water management solutions that may be suitable into the future.
With funding from the NSW Government, we are investigating the use of recycled water for road maintenance – specifically on gravel roads.
We also want to tell you how recycled water is being used around the world as a reliable and resilient source of water.
Part of this initiative is to engage with our communities to better understand how you would like to see recycled water used into the future.
“Potable” water is used to describe water that is suitable for human consumption.
“Non-potable” water is water that is not of drinking quality, but may with approvals be used for many other purposes.
Recycled water is water that has been recovered or reclaimed from potable and nonpotable uses.
Recycling is the action or process of converting waste into a reusable material.
The most common sources of recycled water are stormwater and wastewater.
Storm water is water that runs-off hard surfaces such as roofs, roads and footpaths. This water is channelled throught drains and flows into stormwater capture systems in urban areas.
Soil and debris
Wastewater can be described as used-water, it is water captured from domestic and industrial users that is disposed via the sewerage network in urban areas
Here’s your chance to have your say on recycled water.
Namoi Unlimited is seeking your views on the potential uses of recycled water. If you live and/or work in the Namoi region, we want to know what you think. All responses are anonymous, unless you provide your details for further information.
The survey will run through a series of questions to find out more about your use, knowledge and attitude towards waste and recycled water:
Gravel road maintenance and construction
For industry where water is needed for washing and cooling
Agriculture, horticulture, forestry, pasture, flowers and viticulture
Road construction and road maintenance
Watering golf courses and recreational parks
Environmental flows and wetlands
Councils within the Namoi region support the work of “Smart Approved WaterMark’ (SAWM).
Find out how easy it is to save water by visiting the Smart Approved WaterMark ‘Blue House’ and take some time to browse through their certified water efficient products and services.