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9 November 2009
Recycled water will now be used at the Tumut Golf Course after Parliamentary Secretary for Water, Dr Mike Kelly, officially opened the Tumut Golf Course Effluent Reuse Scheme today.
Funding of $500,000 was provided by the Australian Government towards the $710,000 project, under the Water Smart Australia program, which plays a key role in implementing the 10-year, $12.9 billion Water for the Future initiative.
“The Scheme will provide 75 megalitres of recycled water to irrigate the Tumut Golf Course to replace water extracted from the Tumut River and will have the capacity to provide an additional 75 megalitres each year for other non-potable uses.
“The Scheme will reduce water extraction and effluent discharge into the Tumut River, which will provide environmental benefits,” Dr Kelly said.
The Water Smart Australia program aims to accelerate the development and uptake of smart technologies and practices in water use across Australia.
The Tumut Effluent Reuse Scheme is one of over 70 projects that have been funded. Projects are located across the country and range from reuse and recycling projects to water planning projects. These projects demonstrate the Rudd government's commitment to help secure the water supplies for towns and cities under the $12.9 billion Water for the Future initiative.
For more information on Water for the Future visit www.environment.gov.au/water