Investing in Sydney's long-term water future

Investing in Sydney's long-term water future

24 October 2017

Sydney’s water supply is protected and sustainable.

Recent media coverage misrepresents what is simply responsible and routine planning for the future, which is what the public would expect to occur.

WaterNSW works closely with Government and Councils to ensure water quality impacts are adequately considered in any development planning.

WaterNSW provides input into the NSW Government’s Metropolitan Water Plan, which is publicly available and outlines options to be considered to ensure a long-term water supply is able to be maintained. The plan does not include using recycled water for drinking water purposes.

In the next financial year (2018-19), WaterNSW will invest approximately $86 million in maintaining, upgrading and enhancing the infrastructure and systems it uses to capture, store and deliver water in Sydney’s drinking water catchment.

WaterNSW is nearing the completion of a $13.8 million project to undertake priority upgrades to the Upper Canal, which involves work to bolster canal walls, rehabilitation of stormwater drainage and roads in the vicinity of the canal, along with fencing improvements.

WaterNSW is also planning for a second stage of work, which is a three-year $68 million project to ensure the Upper Canal is fully utilised well beyond 2035.

Sydney’s drinking water is world-class and WaterNSW has in place a comprehensive water monitoring program and established response plans to ensure the water supply is protected.

As a result water supplied for Sydney’s drinking water has always met or exceeded water quality standards stipulated in both WaterNSW’s operating licence and the raw water agreement with Sydney Water.

WaterNSW has also developed guidelines for development adjacent to the Upper Canal and Warragamba Pipelines that provide important information for developers to minimise the impact of developments on water quality and water supply infrastructure.

Contact: Tony Webber

Phone: 0428 613 478


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