In April 2002 the Cootamundra Effluent Re-use Scheme was commissioned. This scheme recycles treated effluent in an effective and environmentally friendly way into Cootamundra's parks and gardens and reduces the amount of treated effluent entering Muttama Creek.
This will reduce the nutrient and salt load flowing down the creek and eventually entering the major river systems of NSW and Victoria.
The Cootamundra Community was strongly involved in the decision process and resolved that the system water nine of the many parks and sporting grounds as well as the Cootamundra Golf Course and various road reserves throughout the town The effluent reuse scheme comprises an 80 megalitre storage dam, Carefree water conditioner, pump station, filtration plant, disinfection unit and a dedicated reticulation system to town facilities.
A series of automated underground sprinklers enables the water to the used to advantage the community of Cootamundra.
As water is a precious commodity in this country, Cootamundra Council is using re-use water on the parks, playgrounds and sporting fields in the shire in the continuing effort to conserve and preserve portable water resources.
This recycled water is safe and suitable for all landscape irrigation, but it is NOT SUITABLE for human consumption.
The re-use dam, on Gundagai Rd, is full at this time, and the watering of the parks and gardens can be continued without concern. The use of this water will have and is having enormous savings on the demand of potable water and also reduces the amount of treated effluent entering Muttama Creek.
The dispersal of 186Ml of treated water per annum to facilitate this scheme could result in an approximate reduction of 240 tonne of salt per annum to the Murrumbidgee River catchment. Using the re-use water means that even in this dry spell the Council will be able to maintain its parks, gardens and sporting fields in excellent order so that the residents and visitors to town can continue to enjoy its facilities.
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