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Shoalhaven Water’s Reclaimed Water Management Scheme (REMS) is one of the largest and more complex water recycling schemes undertaken by a regional water authority.

REMS Large irrigation machine using REMS reclaimed water

The objectives of REMS are:

  • To maximise the use of reclaimed water for beneficial purposes rather than disposing of it into the environment
  • To supply high quality irrigation water to the region’s farmers to improve their sustainability
  • To provide sufficient water to irrigate local sporting facilities and golf courses


REMS Stage 1A, costing $34m, was commissioned in January 2002. Fourteen dairy farms, a golf course and several sporting grounds irrigate with reclaimed water from the scheme on well over 500 hectares of land. So far, over 20,000 megalitres have been beneficially reused through the REMS, 70% of reclaimed water produced.

The REMS 1B scheme will allow the inclusion of reclaimed water from the Nowra and Bomaderry Wastewater treatment plants (WwTPs). Both Nowra and Bomaderry are being upgraded so that high quality reclaimed water can be made available.

The reclaimed water produced by REMS will comply with the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling: Managing Health and Environmental risks, Phase 1 2006 and the NSW Guidelines for Recycled Water Management Schemes (2015). REMS 1B construction has started and is expected to be completed in 2019.

Community Consultation has been an important part of our communication plan. Please see below key points of interest.

Media Releases

Project Newsletters


All enquiries regarding the REMS 1B project may be directed to the project information line on 1800 457 443 or email shoalhavenrems@ugllimited.com  We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this important work.