MEDIA RELEASE 30 August 2010
North Sydney high-rise to recycle three million litres of water per year
The Ark building, the new landmark on the North Sydney CBD skyline, is set to
recycle up to three million litres of water annually thanks to its greywater
Located at 40 Mount Street, the Ark was completed in May this year and
represents the first high-rise commercial building to achieve 6 Star Green Star
V2 Design rating in NSW. Its rating can be attributed to sustainable features
including its greywater recycling plant conceived by water recycling company
The building's greywater recycling plant treats water from hand basins and
showers to the highest standards approved by NSW Health. The water is then
re-distributed around the building for use in the cooling tower and for flushing
According to Aquacell CEO Colin Fisher, the Ark's greywater recycling plant
saves up to 10,000 litres of precious drinking water a day.
"Recycling is an important means to secure Sydney's drinking supplies. Greywater
makes up around 30 to 50 per cent of wastewater discharged into our sewers. So
greywater recycling can help buildings like the Ark to cut their water use by up
to half, reducing the volume of greywater unnecessarily being discharged in our
sewers," Fisher explained.
"We have found that developers and architects are increasingly looking at
innovative ways to decrease their buildings' footprint on the environment and
achieve higher green star rating. Water recycling becomes an integral part of
their plan," he added.
Given the Ark building's location, space was another important factor in
selecting the water recycling plant which only takes up the equivalent of two
car park spaces.
The Aquacell recycling plant is remotely monitored 24 hours, seven days per week
by expert Aquacell staff. It uses a dual pipe system, which means the recycled
water is transported in a separate pipe system to the drinking water (‘mains
In addition to the Aquacell greywater recycling plant, the Ark's sustainable
features also include a tri-generation power supply, energy efficient lighting
combined with maximum use of natural light, charging bays for hybrid/electric
cars and cycling facilities.
The 28,500-square metre building, which has also been awarded a 5 Star NABERS
energy rating, was designed by architectural firm Rice Daubney. It is owned by
Investa and currently occupied by Vodafone Hutchison Australia and Coca Cola
Aquacell builds and operates water recycling plants around Australia for
business, industry and government.
Aquacell's focus is on non-potable (non-drinking) water for use in a variety of
applications including surface irrigation, clothes washing and toilets.
Aquacell's plants recycle greywater which is water discharged from showers,
baths, basins and washing machines; and blackwater which is any water that has
been contaminated with water discharged from a toilet.
Aquacell was awarded the first combined private network and retailer's license
for water recycling by the NSW Department of Water. The license has been granted
under the Water Industry Competition Act 2006 (WICA) and it enables Aquacell to
work with developers to go ahead with large developments without connecting to
For more information visit www.aquacell.com.au or phone 1300 Aquacell (278 223).
Released for Aquacell by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call Kim Larochelle or Nicola Rutzou on (02) 9413