Bay recycled water scheme huge success

The $300,000 Byron Bay federally-funded urban recycle water scheme is proving to be an outstanding success.

Byron Council's director of water and recycling management services, Phil Warner, said Byron Bay High School, Byron Bay Rugby League Club, Byron Bay Golf Club, Byron Bay Bowling Club, Byron Recreation Grounds and Katia and EnviTE nurseries used up to one megalitre per day of recycled water from the scheme.

Mr Warner said the group's daily recycle water usage was equal to more than 1600 households and therefore took substantial pressure off town water supplies.

This was water, he said, that would otherwise have ended up in local waterways.

The recycled water scheme treated up to 25 per cent of Byron Bay's waste water and resulted in water available for irrigation purposes, he said.

The scheme complemented the already established melaleuca wetland scheme and helped minimise nutrient discharge to Belongil Creek, particularly in the dry months when the nutrient impacts on the creek could be the greatest.

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