Published On 20 February 2020 at 11:00 AM

While we’ve had no shortage of water over the past two weeks, Sutherland Shire Council is continuing to pursue innovative ways to make best use of the water we’ve got.

We are currently one of the only Councils that operates a water recycling plant, with our Cronulla-Woolooware Wastewater Reuse Scheme capable of recycling up to 4 million litres of water a day.

The facility, launched in 2012, provides high quality recycled wastewater to irrigate public and private facilities throughout the Sutherland Shire, including Greenhills Marang Parklands, Cronulla Golf Course, Woolooware High School, Woolooware Golf Course, Captain Cook Playing Fields and the Solander Playing Fields.

The project has also drawn the interest of budding local scientists, with Year 5 students from Cronulla’s St Aloysius Catholic Primary School recently creating a tool to monitor salinity levels at the plant.

This is just one of many water conservation initiatives we’re undertaking and there are several strategies you can adopt at home too.

From watering gardens at night to decrease evaporation, using mulch to lock in moisture on your gardens, selecting drought tolerant native plants and aerating soil so water can better penetrate lawns. Join us and be water wise! For more information visit

Carmelo Pesce - Sutherland Shire Mayor

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