We play a huge role in contributing to healthy waterways. We consider the environment when planning, designing and managing sustainable water solutions in our liveable city. But we don’t do it alone. Many organisations in Greater Sydney work together on urban water management. You can help us, too.
Our beaches are part of what makes Sydney such an iconic city. They have significant environmental, social and economic value to our community and help make liveable cities.
We protect the health of beaches and oceans by making sure wastewater is cleaned to the right standard and released in the right location. This means beaches and swimming areas stay clean and safe for recreation.
We monitor to see if there are any impacts on marine ecosystem health. Monitoring over 10 years shows no measurable impact. Learn more about our sewage treatment system impact monitoring.
We've spent more than $3 billion in the past 25 years to improve beach and harbour water quality.
You can do your part, too. Help us keep plastic waste out of our oceans by only using bottled water when you really need to. Try using a refillable water bottle instead. Learn more about Tap water versus bottled water.
Many people in our city live close to creeks and rivers and use them for swimming, boating, fishing and agriculture.
Some of our wastewater treatment and water recycling plants release treated wastewater into creeks and rivers around Sydney. These important ecosystems are very sensitive to changes in water quality and flow.
We use special treatment processes to remove nutrients and fine particles from the wastewater so everyone can continue to enjoy our rivers.
We monitor sites downstream of wastewater release points to see if there are any impacts on river health. The monitoring program is consistent with the. We regularly report these results.
We continually monitor our environmental performance. You can learn more about our environmental performance indicators in our Our network of pipes that carry wastewater, and our wastewater treatment and water recycling plants, must meet strict environmental protection licence conditions. The sets these licence conditions..
Environmental protection licences tell us:
The licences are based on the unique environment where we release the treated water such as, the ocean, rivers or creeks.
We publish summaries in our:
There are other ways that we’re helping to protect the environment. We’re improving our operations to be a more sustainable business.
We’re striving to improve how we do things until our operations cause no harm to the environment while supporting a thriving, sustainable and liveable city.
Some of the things we’re working on are:
The strategy has objectives, priority outcomes and targets across 4 themes:
We use an Environmental Management System (EMS) to protect the environment in our day to day operations. Our EMS is part of our integrated management system which includes Quality, Safety and Asset Management components.
The EMS helps us manage, review, correct, and improve our activities and operations to minimise our impacts on the environment. It's certified to international standard ISO14001:2015.
We use environmental assessments to plan, operate and maintain our assets. We invite community and stakeholder input and try to have a low impact on the environment.