Desalination and the environment
The Desalination Plant was built with a strong focus on the environment.
The Capital Hill Wind Farm produces more than enough energy to offset the energy used by the Desalination Plant. The wind farm was a huge boost to green power in NSW and provides an environmentally sustainable way to supply the power needs of the Desalination Plant.
Protecting the marine and estuarine environment is also a key priority for the SDP. Research has shown that after the seawater concentrate is discharged, the ocean will return to its normal salinity and temperature within 50 – 75 metres from the outlet point.
The Desalination Plant is located on a site that covers 45 hectares. This includes 15 hectares of environmental conservation area. This is a protected area and native species of flora and fauna are closely monitored. This includes a program to survey the numbers of grey headed flying foxes and green and golden bell frogs in the area.