Council has invested around $7.2 million in two stormwater harvesting projects at Terrigal CBD and Hylton Moore Park at East Gosford.
The projects aim to reduce the demand on drinking water supplies and minimise the impact of stormwater run-off on local waterways.
The Hylton Moore Park scheme will include 1.2ML of underground storage, a water treatment plant and reticulation. Water will be used for the irrigation of the Hylton Moore Park sports fields and Terry Oval.
The Terrigal CBD scheme will include 1.6ML of underground storage (to be located in the council car park adjacent to Terrigal Bowling Club), a water treatment plant and reticulation.
Water will be used to irrigate Terrigal Bowling Club’s greens, The Haven oval and for a variety of non-potable purposes at Crowne Plaza. These will include cleaning, toilet flushing, air conditioning cooling towers and laundering.
Grant funding has been provided for this project by both the Federal Government through the Department of Environment (formerly Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water Population and Community), and the NSW Government through the Office of Environment & Heritage (formerly Department of Environment, Climate Change & Water).
The Terrigal scheme is now complete and undergoing performance testing and proving prior to supplying water to customers.
The Hylton Moore Park project is well underway and nearing completion.
The Terrigal scheme is expected to save around 50.6 million litres of drinking water per year, whilst the Hylton Moore Park project is expected to save around 30.6 million litres of drinking water per year.
Both harvesting sites will reduce the impact of stormwater run-off on local waterways. In addition, the energy requirements of both schemes will be fully offset with renewable energy.