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Update / Water & Wastewater 01 Aug 2016

Sydney Water’s new report as transparent as its water

New water quality report provides powerful insight into the performance of greater Sydney’s drinking water safety measures

Residents of Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra are now able to see how our water safety measures are performing in their area – thanks to a new online Drinking Water Quality Report, launched today.

The new report provides powerful insight into what happens behind the scenes to make your drinking water safe.  It’s the most-timely, transparent and comprehensive view of drinking water safety measures that Sydney Water has ever made available.

Sydney Water Managing Director, Kevin Young said, “For many years Sydney’s drinking water has been amongst the world’s best.  Now, we are leading the world in providing customers with transparent and timely information on the performance of our water quality systems.”

“By going to the report our customers will see that we filter and monitor every drop of their drinking water at key steps to ensure it’s safe to drink straight from the tap.  Our water quality scientists then do up to 70 different types of laboratory tests to confirm it.”

NSW Health provides advice on drinking water quality and oversees Sydney Water’s delivery of water that meets the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and is safe to drink.

This world-class system is only possible because of teams of highly skilled and dedicated Sydney Water and WaterNSW employees who, for over 125 years, have worked around the clock to ensure our customers and their families have safe drinking water every day of the year.

Sydney Water’s new daily online Drinking Water Quality Report can be found at


About Sydney Water

We’re Australia’s largest water and wastewater service provider. Every day, we proudly protect the health of our community by providing safe and refreshing drinking water. Our wastewater network also protects the health of our rivers and beaches, which are central to our iconic, outdoor way of life.

But we can do more. By working hand in hand with community, government and industry we’ll continue to create bold new solutions that enhance our cities’ sustainability and lifestyle. This will help us meet our future challenges, such as climate extremes and population growth.

Like the 125+ years of great men and women before us, we’re passionate and proud of our role in shaping the lifestyle of Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra for generations to come.

Story / Water & Wastewater 01 Jul 2016

100 per cent renewable energy powering Bondi Wastewater Treatment Plant


Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water Niall Blair has announced the Bondi Wastewater Treatment Plant is now producing enough renewable energy from waste to power 100 per cent of the plant.

Mr Blair was joined today by Member for Vaucluse Gabrielle Upton to inspect the process used to produce energy at the Plant.

"The NSW Government is committed to finding new and better ways to lower the amount of electricity we use from the grid, not only to benefit the environment, but also to reduce operating costs of utilities and lower customers’ bills," Mr Blair said.

"This project is yet another great example of Sydney Water using research and innovation to turn Biogas into renewable energy to power the entire plant, which benefits the environment and reduces operating costs.

"Not only will this project minimise the impact on the electricity grid network, it will also be able to return 13 per cent net energy back to the grid – which is enough to power about 150 households a year."

Ms Upton said this project will be of great benefit to the environment and local residents.

"It is great to see the Bondi Plant which treats the waste of 300,000 people in the area, will now be able to turn a waste product into a valuable resource for our community," Ms Upton said.

"The renewable energy process will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions of around 8,000 tonnes a year from Bondi alone, and this is a great outcome for our local environment."

Sydney Water is generating more than 20 per cent of its total energy needs across its network through a number of innovative renewable energy projects. This has also reduced greenhouse emissions by over 70,000 tonnes a year.