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Case Study: Canberra International Airport

Supplier: Aquacell
13 April, 2011

Canberra Airport is the site of some of Australia's newest and most ecologically sustainable buildings and winner of the Australian Airports Association ‘Capital City Airport of the Year 2007'.

The developer of Canberra's International Airport was seeking maximum Green Star ratings for two new leading edge business park developments on the site: Brindabella Business Park and Majura Office Precinct.

In conjunction with architects Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn Pty Ltd and hydraulic consultants Cardno Young, Aquacell worked with the airport to develop a scheme for recycled water. The result is a 50,000 l/day blackwater recycling plant at each site. The recycled water is used for irrigation and toilet flushing. It is the first office building in Australia to use recycled water for cooling towers.

Aquacell Pty Ltd was chosen for this project based on its demonstrated track record in supplying recycled water schemes in urban areas. Airport project managers closely assessed performance, technology, aesthetics, and regulatory expertise as part of their decision. Significant co-operation between Aquacell, Cardno, the Airport, ACT Dept. of Health, ACTPLA , ACT Dept. of EP and ACTEWAGL was required. This project sets a benchmark for recycling projects in the ACT.