North West Priority Growth Area - Packages 3B, 3C & 3D

We're designing water and wastewater services for Package 3 to service parts of north west Sydney. 

Construction workers with machinery

We’re planning new services for Sydney’s growing north west.

About the project

We're planning and delivering water and wastewater services to cater for growth in parts of North West Sydney. This includes parts of Alex Avenue, Area 20, Box Hill, Box Hill Industrial, Riverstone East, Riverstone West, Schofields, Vineyard and West Schofields.

To best service growth at the right time, we've split our Package 3 into four sub-packages: 3A. 3B, 3C and 3D. We delivered Package 3A along with Package 2.

Package 3B is currently under construction and due for completion in December 2017. Package 3C is to be delivered by late 2018 and Package 3D by 2019. 
 

Maps

These maps provide a snapshot of each sub-package of work, including indicative locations of water and wastewater pipelines and timing for when work will be completed. 

Design update

We've engaged AAJV (a joint venture between AECOM and Aurecon) to develop detailed designs for water and wastewater infrastructure for Package 3B, 3C and 3D. AAJV has finished 3B and now designing water and wastewater for Package 3C and 3D. As part of this work, we're currently doing surveys and environmental studies in the area.


What we're designing

We're delivering trunk and lead-in infrastructure for water and wastewater. Trunk infrastructure includes pumping stations, pressure mains and large pipelines. Lead-ins are smaller pipes that bring services into developments. 

Our contractors, Zinfra and Comdain, are currently constructing Package 3B which is due for completion in December 2017. 

We'll deliver each of the remaining sub-packages in the following timeframes:
  • Package 3C by 2018
  • Package 3D by 2019
We'll engage a construction contractor to build some of the infrastructure in Packages 3C and 3D and developers may build other parts.

We'll keep landowners and key stakeholders informed about who builds what assets and when.
We prepared two Review of Environmental Factors (REF) to assess the potential environmental impacts of constructing and operating water and wastewater services for Package 3. This is compliant with Section 111 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, where we must assess all matters likely to affect the environment from this activity.

The State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 allows the project to be carried out without environmental consent with Sydney Water as the determining authority.

Each delivery contractor will prepare and adhere to a specific Construction Environmental Management Plan, which incorporates the environmental safeguards identified in the REF.

Connecting to the water and wastewater system

If you'd like to connect to water or wastewater, you will need to engage a Water Servicing Coordinator.

A Water Servicing Coordinator can help you with your application to adjust, extend or connect into our pipes. Coordinators can answer questions about your application on our behalf and can also facilitate the project management, design and construction of any required work. They're not employed by Sydney Water.

View a list of Water Servicing Coordinators.

Connecting to the water and wastewater system

If you'd like to connect to water or wastewater, you'll need to engage a Water Servicing Coordinator.

A Water Servicing Coordinator can help you with your application to adjust, extend or connect into our pipes. Coordinators can answer questions about your application on our behalf and can also facilitate the project management, design and construction of any required work. They're not employed by Sydney Water.

If water and wastewater services are available in your area and you'd like to sub-divide and develop your land, you need to get a Section 73 Certificate. A Water Servicing Coordinator must lodge the application for a Section 73 Certificate through the e-developer process.

View a list of Water Servicing Coordinators.


How much will it cost to connect to the water and wastewater network?

There is no set fee for connecting to our water and wastewater network.

When we receive a Section 73 application, we issue a Notice of Requirements detailing what needs to be built to service the new development. The requirements are influenced by the size and nature of the development and where it is in relation to our trunk pipeline network. Meeting these requirements is a large part of the cost of connecting to our network.

Charges may include:
  • contract administration fees
  • fees for checking building plans (there may be requirements for building over or adjacent to the wastewater pipes)
  • plumbing and drainage inspection and connection fees. For example, water main drilling costs
  • trade waste charges
  • fees for approving large drinking water connections.
     

How will this infrastructure impact private property?

We try to minimise the impact of our infrastructure on the community. This infrastructure is vital for growth and development of the area so it provides a long-term benefit.

Where possible, we design the wastewater pipelines to follow the creek lines, staying within the riparian corridor and avoid developable land.

We don’t usually require an easement and there will be no compensation for building the pipeline on private property, however we do provide compensation for vent shafts and maintenance holes.

Do you have to connect to our water and wastewater system?

You don't have to connect to our system if you continue living in your current home.

If you wish to build a new home, sub-divide or redevelop your land, you need to speak to your local council about any conditions imposed on local developments.
 

Can you connect directly into the pipelines we build in your area?

We build the major trunk pipelines and in some cases the smaller pipes called lead-ins. Customers can't connect directly into a trunk pipeline, however you can connect into a lead-in.

You’ll need to engage a Water Servicing Coordinator if you would like to discuss your options on connecting to the water or wastewater network.

Learn more about applications and approvals.
 

Why don't we build all the trunk infrastructure and smaller pipelines in the area?

A lot of infrastructure is required to service the entire North West of Sydney.

There is uncertainty about where and when other infrastructure such as roads, gas, phone and power will be located until a precinct is rezoned and precinct plans have been developed.