More efficient water supply created with the launch of recycled water on Friday 1 July

Water News

More than a decade in the planning, the keenly anticipated recycled water service to transform Ballina Shire Council’s water supplies is on the eve of starting.

On 10 June 2016 the NSW Department of Primary Industries – Water granted approval for the service to begin, under the Local Government Act 1993.

The Mayor of Ballina Shire Council, David Wright, will celebrate the turning on of recycled water at the Lennox Head Wastewater Treatment Plant at the official launch on Friday 1 July.

The recycled water service will initially be delivered, starting on Tuesday 5 July, to some 160 new houses at Lennox Head and Angels Beach. From there, Council will roll-out the program to supply some 7200 homes across the Shire.

The launch marks the start of a ground-breaking new recycled water service – a first for regional NSW – that will see wastewater transformed into the crystal clean, safe water available on tap for household uses such as washing cars, bikes boats, watering gardens, flushing toilets and cold water laundry taps.

Council invested $85 million in the Ballina-Lennox Head Recycled Water Master Plan to deliver a recycled water service that is safe, available all year round and in times drought, and saves ratepayers money off their water charges.

“Ballina shire’s population is continuing to grow and the community will certainly benefit from such a significant expansion of our water supplies,” Cr Wright said. 

“The much-needed recycled water service promises to inject environmental and social benefits to the immediate and wider community.

“Recycled water reduces the impact of wastewater discharge on our waterways.

“This new service will help Ballina to assert its proud status of being an environmentally aware, progressive community that is committed to meeting its water needs now and in the future.”

Residents at North Angels, Coastal Grove, Aspects and Elevation estates at Lennox Head who will receive the new recycled water service were invited to attend the launch.


Community Open Day, Saturday 9 July

A Community Open Day will be held at the Lennox Head Wastewater Treatment Plant on Saturday 9 July from 10am to 2pm.

Come along to our Community Open Day to inspect the impressive new recycled water treatment plant, located at 352 North Creek Road, Skennars Head.

This is a unique opportunity to see the treatment processes that wastewater undergoes before it is delivered to local households as recycled water.  Council staff will be available to answer questions, and information brochures and factsheets will also be available for people to take home.

Each tour will take approximately 45 minutes and there will be 15 people per tour. The first tour will start at 10:15am, and the last at 2pm.

Please wear comfortable enclosed walking shoes and a hat (or carry an umbrella if raining). You are welcome to bring a water bottle. Bookings are essential for groups of 10 or more people.

For more information please visit Council’s water website at or for tour enquiries contact the Communications Officer on (02) 6686 4444.