Construction of the Sydney Science Park recycling plant started last week at Luddenham within the planned Western Sydney Aerotropolis.
The plant will eventually be able to produce 2.4 million litres of recycled water a day, enough for 40,000 people, but that has the capacity to be scaled up, says Sydney Water’s growth planning and community frameworks manager Wayne Jackson.
Mr Jackson says while water recycling is traditionally done at large centralised plants, the SSP plant will be located in the community it will service and sit within the urban form of the Science Park.
The plant will use a membrane bio reactor system, which Mr Jackson says makes for a smaller footprint and less noise and smell.
Sydney Science Park’s smart systems include digital twins which will allow the plant will interact with the environment via moisture and temperature sensors to inform the amount of recycled water that will be produced and deployed.
“So if you’re coming up for a heatwave on Sunday, you’re not sitting there storing the tanks in the water for Sunday, you’re getting it into the ground now,” Mr Jackson says.
“It’s computer modelling coupled with real life environment predicting what’s going to happen to determine the operation of the plant and how it’s producing its water.”
Excess waste water that isn’t used for the Science Park will be piped to Sydney Water’s St Marys treatment facility.