Planned development to include a recycled water plant to ease fears of water restrictions

The future residents of a new community planned for the Hawkesbury region will be able to wash their car or hose down the driveway without fear of breaching any future water restrictions.

Property developer, Celestino, is continuing its commitment to sustainable initiatives, joining with private water utility, Flow Systems, to provide a recycled water treatment plant at their latest project - a 580-lot estate to be built at Glossodia.

Saving water: A new community planned for the Hawkesbury region will include a recycled water treatment plant. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

Saving water: A new community planned for the Hawkesbury region will include a recycled water treatment plant. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

The NSW Government recently issued Flow Systems with its tenth licence to provide full service sewerage and recycled water services for the Glossodia estate.

Celestino's COO Matthew Scard said it is critical when planning new communities that both the Government and the private sector make sustainable long-term investments in water.

"As a company, we took the view that it simply wasn't good enough to waste water and do nothing to conserve it," Mr Scard said.

Flow Systems CEO Terry Leckie said sustainable water conservation approaches are necessary to meet Greater Sydney's growing water needs and build resilience to drought.

"We enjoy teaming up with progressive developers like Celestino," she said. "Together we have been able to deliver communities where others may have not thought it was possible."

"The new community at Glossodia is yet another great example."

Celestino's development, The Gables at Box Hill - currently the largest master planned residential community in Sydney's north-west - has the same system installed.

The recycled plant has helped the community at The Gables reduce their supply from Sydney Water by up to 70 percent.

Recycled water is not subject to restrictions, giving households a secure supply all year round. Residents are able to access non-drinking water for their washing machines, toilets and gardens.

The new community at Glossodia will include 580 rural residential lots ranging in size from 1,000sqm to more than 4,000sqm.

There will be 35.6ha of active and passive recreational open space and 23.5ha of conservation landscape.

A large dam will also be retained and enhanced to become a recreation destination for the wider Glossodia community.

Hawkesbury City Council and Celestino are working on finalising the Planning Proposal, Biocertification, draft Voluntary Planning Agreement and draft Development Control Plan which are expected to be exhibited together in late 2020.

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