Sustainability and Environment
The natural environment plays a leading role in life at Harpley.
From the century old River Red gums we’re set to protect during construction to the storm water run-off that will be treated through a series of wetlands and harvested to refill Harpley’s extensive waterways, Harpley is a community leading the way in sustainable family living.
Did you know that recycled water is available for all new homes in Lendlease communities? This green initiative is a fantastic way for residents to save on water usage and assists with sustainability of our water sources especially in times of drought.
If you’ve seen the purple pipes around your community, then you know that more recycled water lines are being laid down in your neighbourhood for use in toilets, watering gardens and washing your laundry.
Don’t worry, the process is perfectly safe and recycled water is not used for the drinking water in your kitchen. Drinking water is treated to meet quality standards to ensure it is safe to drink.
How it works is that the water is initially captured and sent to a local treatment plant where it is filtered and tested. This is what is sent out to homes as drinking water.
Once that water washes down your sink, this wastewater is then piped to a plant for further treatment before it is sent back to your home for you to use in your laundry, bathroom and garden.
That means that recycled water, although not meant for human consumption, is also quality tested for safety for use in the home. It is also used for common shared areas in the community such as watering parklands and running fountains.
The Lendlease communities have been specifically designed with maximising recycled water usage in mind.
In Harpley the storm water wastage will be collected and redirected through the local wetlands. The entire Harpley community will then be irrigated using this recycled water so no precious drinking water is wasted.
This also encourages local wildlife and native birds to keep returning to Harpley as their home base – which is all part of a healthy and thriving ecosystem.
And to ensure there is no confusion about which water you should use at home, Harpley houses will be supplied with a separate purple tap and water metre including signage to clearly differentiate drinking water from recycled water.
So now when you flush your toilet or water your grass you know that you are helping the environment in your local community.
For more information read City West’s Recycled Water Fact Sheet.
Any other queries, please contact City West water
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