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The Water Factory begins large scale water recycling facility

posted Jul 3, 2012, 9:50 AM by ema-1 ema-1
"But there was a major hurdle. Public utilities had the legislated monopoly on water supply. Undeterred, Leckie quit MWS in 2003 and set up Blue Sky Consulting, advising big companies like Transfield and Australand/Landcom on water and sewage projects. He founded an industry working group with Sydney Water to improve the integration of decentralised water systems with existing centralised systems and joined water conservationists lobbying the New South Wales government to break the public monopoly on water"

"Leckie’s company has been propelled into the limelight after securing a partnership with Frasers Property, developers of Central Park, a AU$2 billion futuristic high-rise residential and retail development parkland on 5.8 hectares in Sydney’s city precinct. It is building the world’s largest underground water recycling plant in the basement of one of the apartment buildings. At full capacity it will produce one megalitre (1,000 kilolitres) of recycled water every day for use in toilets, washing machines, irrigation and cooling systems in an energy plant. The company will manage all water services, including drinking water, for an estimated 5,000 residents in 1,800 apartments and 15,000 daily workers and visitors to the commercial/retail precinct.

"Smart water networks turn communities from water users to water producers through their capture of changes in energy, heating and cooling systems, climate, information technology and customer requirements," says Leckie.

"Would he bring the concept to New Zealand then? "The inquiries I get from New Zealand are mainly about the technologies we use," he says. "New Zealand’s water system is owned co-operatively with a government backbone. You would have to break down that traditional model." "But when my business is up and running and self-sustaining without me, I would be happy to return home and work with developers and advise councils.""