Road rebuilding work began this week on the New England Highway north of Glen Innes, and recycled water will be a key component of the project.
Brett Butcher, Transport for NSW Acting Director Northern Region, said Glen Innes Severn Council is working with the agency to use water from the sewage treatment plant for the rebuilding work.
"Council is arranging to install a filtered chlorine dosing arrangement as part of this program, which involves replacing culverts and restoring the road surface," Mr Butcher said.
"Overseen by sewer treatment operators, this system negates any risk of contamination. This method means Council will now be able to provide recycled water on future projects."
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The work will be carried out on the 1km-long section of road about 12 kilometres north of town between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday and between 7am and 2pm on Saturdays.
It is expected to be complete by mid-December, weather permitting.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane with alternate flow for the work, with a reduced speed limit in place for the safety of workers and motorists.
For more information on water usage in the New England region, visit www.gisc.nsw.gov.au/environment/waste-water-services or www.gisc.nsw.gov.au/news/use-effluent-glen-innes-sewer-treatment-plant.
To download the Roads and Maritime Services water use fact sheet, visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/wateruseinroadbuilding.