Discovery Point Water

Congratulations to Discovery Point, UDIA NSW/ACT Awards for Excellence Winner- Sustainable Development. 

 

This exciting project will change the way people use and reuse their water – creating valuable new sources of water for local communities and councils who are looking for ways to keep their recreational facilities green during summer and drought.

Discovery Point Water

Discovery Point Water is a key innovative sustainable feature of Australand’s Discovery Point development in Sydney’s inner west – home to 1,900 residential, commercial and retail spaces.

When it is complete, Discovery Point Water will be the second recycled water facility using Membrane Bioreactor technology installed in the basement of a residential building in Australia. The first is Central Park.

The project was made possible through a grant provided by the NSW Government Climate Change fund in 2007. Discovery Point Water is wholly owned by parent company Flow Systems.

The Discovery Point recycled water network harnesses wastewater from residential apartments to generate new sources of water on site for clothes washing, toilet flushing and irrigation and maintains local public gardens, open spaces, and some 14 sporting fields in Marrickville.

Reusing wastewater

This exciting project will change the way people use and reuse their water – creating valuable new sources of water for local communities and councils who are looking for ways to keep their recreational facilities green during summer and drought.

It is also purifying wastewater that would otherwise be pumped across land to be flared or pumped out to sea, creating greenhouse gases, and requiring large energy intensive processes to transport and dispose of the waste.

Creating sustainable communities

In partnership with Australand and Marrickville Council, Flow Systems is now creating the first sustainable community, which is sharing its wastewater to improve the amenities of the local community and at the same time reducing water, energy and waste.

How does it work

Discovery Point Water is a unique facility enabling the local community to harness the value in wastewater.

The Centre takes 100 per cent of the wastewater from apartments offices and shops to purify.

This wastewater goes into a collection tank to balance the flow before being transferred to the bioreactor via a mechanical screen.

The screen removes the larger solid waste material.

The water then enters the bioreactor, which consists of two chambers, one non-aerated, one aerated. Here active bacteria consume biodegradable waste products.

Different bacteria in each chamber perform different tasks, all breaking down and purifying the waste without chemicals and without greenhouse gas emissions.

The water is drawn back through a manufactured membrane fitted with micro filters to catch any remaining particles. The clear water is then passed through UV light, which disinfects the water and removes any remaining pathogens. A carbon filter is used to create crystal clear water before the addition of chlorine as a final level of the triple protection process.

The final high quality water is then stored in tanks in the basement and adjacent to each sportsfield to be re-used for toilet flushing, clothes washing machines, car washing and irrigation. Water is also drawn to supply local council parks and sporting fields to support the local sustainable water communities.

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