Erskineville Flood Safe

We're planning a new stormwater system in Erskineville to reduce the flood risk to people and property.

We're currently in the planning phase, with construction expected to start in 2020.

Apartment buildings

We're fixing what you can't see to make the biggest difference around Erskineville.

About Erskineville Flood Safe

Better pipes for a better place

Residential development is underway in the Ashmore precinct in Erskineville, on the border with Alexandria. By 2024, the area is expected to be home to over 6,000 residents.

What we're doing

In partnership with the City of Sydney Council, we're currently developing a concept design for the new stormwater system.

As part of the work, we'll need to do investigations between now and July 2019, including:

  • monitoring noise
  • surveying the area and locating services
  • drilling small boreholes to better understand ground conditions.

We'll keep the community informed throughout the project.

Timing Activity
  Late 2017 Investigate site and consult with community and stakeholders
  Late 2018 Select a preferred option
  Early-mid 2019 Prepare a concept design and environmental assessment
  Mid 2019 Consult with community on final concept design
  Late 2019 Prepare detailed design
  Early-mid 2020 Start construction

What is stormwater?

In urban environments, there are many hard surfaces such as roofs, roads and footpaths that prevent rain from soaking into the ground. Stormwater is the water that flows on surfaces after rain.

What will the work involve? 

The new stormwater system will be made up of new, larger pipes as well as upgrades to some existing stormwater pipes already underground.

We'll consult with the community on the final concept design in mid 2019. Construction is expected to start in 2020.

A number of the site investigations will need to happen as the design is developed. We'll work to minimise impacts to the community and will always seek permission before accessing private property for investigations.

What will the impacts be?

As part of the site investigations, we'll be drilling small boreholes to better understand ground conditions. Some of the boreholes will be in the road verge so there may be temporary minor traffic changes until early 2019. No road closures or diversions will be required as part of the site investigation work.

Our pipes will be the only things kept in the dark. To know more:

Sydney Water Community Relations - Stormwater Program
PO Box 399