The Aquacell water recycling system at Workplace 6 treats all the wastewater generated in this 16,300 square metre building.
- The wastewater treated at Workplace 6 is collected from the base office building. An option to sewer mine from the Bondi Ocean Outfall Sewer (BOOS) is also available.
- The Aquacell water recycling system treats wastewater to a high standard that makes it safe for toilet flushing, garden irrigation and cooling towers.
- Treated water is NOT suitable for drinking.
Where is the wastewater treated at Workplace 6?
Wastewater is collected in a feed tank that sources water from the building and from the BOOS. The feed tank is located in the basement of the building. The wastewater is then pumped to the treatment plant where it is treated in a multi-stage process to a final quality that is fit for purpose. The wastewater recycling plant is located in a purpose built room where the public can view its operation. After treatment, the treated water is held in a separate storage tank for re-use.
How is recycled water used at Workplace 6?
Most of the treated water is used for toilet flushing inside the office building. The water is also available for use to irrigate adjacent parkland via sub-surface irrigation.
There are no taps or public access to the recycled water.
What precautions are in place on-site?
The Workplace 6 building uses a dual pipe system. This means the recycled water is transported around the site and throughout the building in a separate (purple coloured) pipe system to the drinking water (‘mains water’). As there are no purple recycled water hoses or taps accessible to residents on-site, coming into contact with recycled water is highly unlikely.
Plumbing connections are checked regularly to ensure there’s no chance of cross connection and a stringent induction system ensures all trades people are aware of the dual pipe system. There’s also monthly operational water quality monitoring to ensure treated water meets the recycled water guidelines. In addition, the scheme is licensed under the Water Industry Competition Act (WICA) and is independently audited.
Instructions for the community
You can help keep the system running at its optimum by following some simple guidelines.
- Contact GPT Building Management on 02 9518 9392 if you experience any problems with your water supply.
- Seek information from Workplace 6 if you do not understand the recycled water program. Their contact information is listed below.
- Don’t drink treated water – it is non-potable.
- Don’t attempt to alter or repair any of the plumbing – contact Workplace 6 Building Management if you have any problems.
- Don’t put any of these materials down the drain:
- Pet care products
- Silicon or silicon based products
- Paint or paint thinners
- High-foaming degreasers
- Draino or caustic soda
Important contact information
For all life-threatening emergencies dial 000 for Ambulance, Fire Brigade or Police.
Incidents and emergencies
For urgent repairs, incidents and emergencies, contact GPT Building Management on 02 9518 9392. This includes:
- Any burst water service
- Dangerous electrical faults
- Water service breakdown
- Any fault or damage that creates a hazardous condition
- Production of out-of-spec water
In the event of an electrical hazard, an emergency stop button is mounted on the Aquacell system’s control cabinet panel.
Treatment plant operator
Aquacell Pty Ltd
64 Alexander Street
Crows Nest, NSW, 2065
Telephone: 02 4721 0545
Recycled water reticulation scheme operator
48 Pirrama Road
Pyrmont, NSW, 2009
Telephone: 02 9518 9392