Western Sydney will have access to an additional 2.4 million litres of recycled water as construction commences on a five billion-dollar new Sydney Science Park project.

The Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey joined Managing Director of Sydney Water Roch Cheroux and interim CEO of Celestino Matthew Scard to turn the first soil at the state-of-the-art, integrated water recycling hub.

The hub will produce 1.2 million litres of recycled water each day – enough for around 10,000 people for toilet flushing, clothes washing, watering gardens and public open spaces. Over time, capacity is expected to grow to around 2.4 million litres a day.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the project is a blueprint for the continued large-scale development of recycled water.

“This project is in addition to the 47 billion litres of recycled water already supplied across Greater Sydney each year,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Water is our most precious resource and we are using both innovation and new technology to create new ways of using and sharing water across the state.”

“This integrated water treatment approach will help bring to life the Western Parkland City vision by creating cooler, greener and more livable places for us all to enjoy,” Mrs Pavey said.

Sydney Water Managing Director Roch Cheroux said that the inclusion of innovative recycled water services in the smart city precinct makes real the Celestino vision to create a vibrant economic, education and research hubin the Western Parkland City.

“By partnering with Celestino in a landmark partnership, we are not only able to provide sustainable and resilient water services to the Sydney Science Park, but to also trial new smart technologies for future use,” Mr Cheroux said.

Smart systems at Sydney Science Park include digital twins of the actual systems. They will monitor a range of environmental factors including current and forecast temperatures, forecast rainfall, humidity and soil moisture levels, and use this real-time information to predict weather conditions and deliver on-demand recycled water supplies.

Interim CEO of Celestino Matthew Scard said the partnership with Sydney Water aligns perfectly with our vision for Sydney Science Park and will become the blueprint for future developments.

“To partner with Sydney Water and have recycled water being used not only in homes, but in public spaces is a first for greenfield development and will create a much greener and cooler environment at Sydney Science Park,” Mr Scard said.

“As a designated CSIRO Urban Living Lab, Sydney Science Park aims to create a more liveable, sustainable and resilient city, and water is at the forefront of this,” Mr Scard said.

Sydney Science Park is a $5 billion research, education and residential development hub set on 287 hectares of land at Luddenham, within the Western Sydney Aerotropolis growth precincts.

Water, wastewater and recycled water is expected to be available at Sydney Science Park from mid to late 2022. The first businesses and residents are expected to be welcomed in 2024.