Countdown to Ballina’s recycled water system

THERE are just three months to go until Ballina Shire Council commences its recycled water service.

With the service to begin on July 5, preparations have stepped up a gear.

Council's Water and Wastewater Manager, Tim Mackey, said a suite of preparations, which have included incident response training, were important to ensure key staff members were prepared for the start of the ground-breaking new service.

"All of our preparations from testing each treatment unit to incident response training are a reminder of how thorough the process has been to ensure the delivery of crystal clean recycled water in July," Mr Mackney said.

"Our incident training in Ballina on 18 March brought together Council's Water and Wastewater team, general staff, laboratories and state government regulators to share and test their incident response procedures, knowledge and skills.

"Ballina Shire Council has invested $85 million in the Ballina-Lennox Head Recycled Water Master Plan to deliver a recycled water service that is safe, available all year round and in times of drought, and saves ratepayers money off their water charges."

During the incident training event, Council responded to a hypothetical recycled water quality scenario.

Mr Mackney said the training scenario was important for team members to share their knowledge and skills of emergency procedures such as performing checks under pressure and confirming that the Lennox and Ballina Treatment Plants had been operating properly.

"A strong working relationship with other government agencies including NSW Health is critical to ensure a coordinated incident response effort," Mr Mackney said.

"It was therefore very pleasing to have NSW Health personnel involved in the exercise.

"In the coming months Council will inform residents and businesses about the many uses of recycled water prior to the commencement of the service to new houses at the Lennox Head estates of North Angels, Coastal Grove, Aspects and Elevation.

"It's especially important for property owners to explain to their tenants or guests that recycled water is great for a range of general uses.

"Recycled water is suitable for washing pets, cars, bikes and boats, flushing toilets and for irrigating gardens and crops, and the cold water laundry tap.

"While it has been treated to very high standards, it is not recommended for some uses such as drinking."

For more information please visit Ballina Shire Council's new website at or for tour enquiries of the Treatment Plant contact the Communications Officer on (02) 6686 4444.

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