We understand the important role of water in our local environment and how we can use this resource sustainably.
The efficient use of water is a key component of responsible day-to-day management of our operations, and we invest in environmental improvement projects to reduce potable water consumption and enable the capture and reuse of water on-site. We are committed to playing our part in improving the sustainable use of our shared water resources in the Hunter.
Our systems are managed using a Site Water Balance Model, providing a careful balance of harvesting water for operational use and ensuring maintained storage capacity in anticipation of storm events. We do this to ensure compliance with statutory requirements while using water sustainably.
We capture stormwater (rainfall) and recirculated site water to reuse for dust suppression, machine wash downs, firefighting systems, housekeeping and irrigation. Our terminals each have a complex water management system consisting of drains, sumps, launders and pipes to recapture and transport water to our tanks or ponds for storage and settling before further reuse across our sites.
We operate a Site Water Balance Model at each terminal that enables us to predict how our water management systems will respond to forecast rainfall events, as well enabling us to proactively manage maintenance within our water systems all year-round.
Potable water, purchased from Hunter Water, is reserved for use in amenities and to top-up supplies when there is insufficient water available onsite. Click here to find out more about our strategies to reduce potable water consumption.