Sydney Water begins recovery after pumping station failure

Media statement

24 October

Sydney Water is preparing to replace a wastewater pumping station at Northmead, after structural damage to the pumping station caused a wastewater overflow into the Parramatta River on Sunday.

Sydney Water’s teams responded immediately – our first priority was to stop the overflow and protect the waterway.

The overflow has stopped and bypass arrangements are in place to control the flow, with additional tankers on site as a precaution to minimise impacts.

Sydney Water is now planning to replace the pumping station, with demolition of the existing structure starting immediately. We’re working closely with the local community and have a Customer Liaison Officer on site to help them with any enquiries.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to residents in the area, and appreciate their continued patience and understanding.

Sydney Water takes its responsibility to protect public health and the environment seriously, and we will conduct a full investigation to prevent similar incidents from happening again across our network.

Sydney Water has signage in place around the site and along Parramatta River to the Ferry Wharf to advise the local community of the overflow. A comprehensive water quality monitoring program continues.

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