It may be a topic that's a bit on the nose, but have you ever wondered what happens to the waste and water after the toilet is flushed and the bath is emptied?
I took a tour of the Bonny Hills Wastewater Treatment Plant (also known as the sewage plant) late last year, and it was absolutely fascinating.
I continue to learn so much about the many services council provides on behalf of our community, and this is definitely on top of my list of educational experiences.
Seeing first-hand the process of treating the waste we generate in our homes, businesses and industries, and how this is converted into treated effluent, was a real eye opener.
The plant uses advanced technology to treat the effluent to a level fit for purpose. This reclaimed water will soon be available in some areas as an alternate water supply to be used for watering parks, gardens and sporting fields and ultimately for flushing toilets, washing cars, cold water washing and other industrial uses.
Council currently operates five separate sewerage schemes at Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Kew/Kendall, the Camden Haven and Lake Cathie/Bonny Hills. We've also got new sewerage schemes being constructed in Comboyne, Long Flat and Telegraph Point.
You can see our Bonny Hills Wastewater Treatment Plant in action on an interactive tour, led by council technical staff, from 9.30am on Wednesday, May 29.
They will show you the entire process from how the wastewater comes into the plant, how it's treated and everything in between. You'll also learn about reclaimed water, what can and can't be flushed down the loo, and take a wander around the treatment ponds.
If you enjoy learning new things, and would like to see how our wastewater management protects public health, the environment, and caters for our growing community, I encourage to join a tour.
Book at pmhc.nsw.gov.au/wastewater-openday or call 6581 8111.