Water as a resource is in high demand and the current drought highlights the need for ongoing investment in improved water management. Developing waste water reuse schemes for both the private and public sector is an area currently being further developed throughout Australia.

Our Capabilities

TEAM Irrigation provides project management design and solutions for waste water reuse for both the private and government sector.

  • Waste water irrigation design
  • Supply pump stations
  • Install pipelines
  • Earthmoving
  • Irrigation systems for waste water
  • Drainage systems
  • Drought management
  • Planning water supply
  • Water quality management
  • Consultation with landholders
  • Mine waste water project design and installation

Dubbo City Council - Waste Water Project

With the help of TEAM Irrigation, Dubbo City Council's Greengrove Effluent Irrigation Facility, keeps 100 percent of its city's treated sewage out of the nearby Macquarie River by supplying the sewage to fodder crops using centre pivots. 

Even with an EPA license to release up to 15 percent of Dubbo's sewage into the river, this project uses all treated sewage, turning it into a valuable resource and helping conserve potable water. Waste water projects such as Greengrove have proved to be invaluable in the issues of 1) what to do with vast quantities of effluent water that is being discharged into rivers, which contaminate water supplies and create salt problems, and 2) growing crops for consumption by cattle & sheep.

Commissioned in December 2004, the $7.5 million Greengrove project has won five awards in the last two years. The most recent award came from the Civil Contractors Federation of Australia. The project has been considered to be the best piece of environmental engineering in NSW for 2006.

How It Works

TEAM Irrigation supplied and installed seven centre pivots that irrigate more than 500 acres of crops with treated sewage. Before it enters the irrigation system, the Sewage Treatment Plant treats the sewage through screening, aerating, clarifying and disinfecting, and then stores it in two ponds.

"The centre pivots irrigate up to 16 megalitres of treated effluent sewage per day," said Craig Chandler of TEAM Irrigation. "Each irrigator can be individually computer-programmed to meet the needs of the crop and to enable the operator to keep records of irrigation events and downtime to match EPA records of wind speed and output flow rates of each system daily."

Irrigation using waste water turns a problem into income from, in many cases, an untapped resource.

Building Tamworth’s Environmental Future

Team Irrigation spearheaded the construction of the Tamworth Waste Water Scheme,which included:

  • 13 new poly-lined centre pivots
  • A fully integrated pumps station, including five 215 horsepower (160kw) centrifugal pumps
  • Wireless control system between pivots and pumps

Click on links below to read articles on this project

Irrigation Advances 2013 feature on the Tamworth Waste Water Scheme

Irrigation Advances Tamworth Project Irrigation Advances Tamworth Project (4065 KB)

Irrigation Leader Article on Tamworth Waste Water Scheme

Read Tamworth Article in word format 

Commencing November 2009, TEAM Irrigation has constructed a major waste water scheme in Tamworth which was completed in late 2010.

With an expected population growth in excess of 50,000 Tamworth City Council needed to decommission two waste treatment plants in town and relocate them to the new Westdale site near Tamworth Airport. EPA licensing regulations also required Council to stop releasing treated sewage into the Peel River, thus an entire new effluent facility needed to be designed.

Following the success of Dubbo City Councils Greengrove Effluent Irrigation Facility where 100 percent of the city’s treated sewage is now kept out of the nearby Macquarie River, Tamworth City Council called for designs and quotes to make this project a success for their city.

TEAM Irrigation subcontracted to REALM Agribusiness to design & construct the irrigation scheme for the treated effluent. The irrigation project encompasses the erection of 13 poly lined centre pivots with a maximum output flow of 54 megalitres per day, irrigating 640 hectares. A further 12.5kms of poly pipe ranging in size from 200 to 400mm layed and polywelded every 20m.

The irrigated crops supply feed for contracts and to the Willowlynn dairy owned and operated by REALM Agribusiness.