Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) with financial assistance from the State Government completed the works at Yarra Park as part of a comprehensive draft 'Yarra Park Masterplan', designed to greatly improve the parkland. As part of the plan, an underground water recycling plant has been installed to secure essential non-potable water for use in Yarra Park, MCG and Punt Road Oval.
The purpose of Yarra Park Water Recycling Facility is to provide 140-180 million litres of Class A water annually; mainly as irrigation water, for municipal use in Yarra Park, Richmond Football Club and MCG grounds (unrestricted access).
The water is also used in a third pipe recycling scheme throughout MCG toilets, amenities and for cleaning and maintenance.
To compare, Class A water produced by Yarra Park Water Recycling Facility will replace the volume of potable water sufficient to supply about 1150 households per annum.
Yarra Park Water Recycling Facility takes raw sewage from City West Water's Wellington Parade South trunk route, where it is diverted to the 600kL/day Class A sewer treatment plant via a dedicated underground supply pipe, to Yarra Park Water Recycling Facility located under Yarra Park (north of MCG)). Class A water is then distributed to end users via a pump and pipe network.