Refresh Woolloomooloo

In areas of Woolloomooloo, Darlinghurst and Potts Point both the stormwater and wastewater are collected in the same pipe. During heavy rain, there is an increase in the amount of water in the wastewater system. Parts of Woolloomooloo and Darlinghurst experience unpleasant odour during dry weather and this is partly due to the combined wastewater system.

We are separating the combined wastewater and stormwater systems in Woolloomooloo, Darlinghurst and Potts Point. When we finish, these areas will have new pipes, the storm water flowing into Woolloomooloo Bay will be cleaner and odours significantly reduced. For more information about the project, what we're doing, the precincts where we're working, and contact information visit the Refresh Woolloomooloo page on Sydney Water's website.

This site is a forum for you to find out more about the project, raise concerns, ask questions and contribute to the conversation. This site is open to everyone and provides an opportunity for you to comment and see what other members of the community have to say.

In areas of Woolloomooloo, Darlinghurst and Potts Point both the stormwater and wastewater are collected in the same pipe. During heavy rain, there is an increase in the amount of water in the wastewater system. Parts of Woolloomooloo and Darlinghurst experience unpleasant odour during dry weather and this is partly due to the combined wastewater system.

We are separating the combined wastewater and stormwater systems in Woolloomooloo, Darlinghurst and Potts Point. When we finish, these areas will have new pipes, the storm water flowing into Woolloomooloo Bay will be cleaner and odours significantly reduced. For more information about the project, what we're doing, the precincts where we're working, and contact information visit the Refresh Woolloomooloo page on Sydney Water's website.

This site is a forum for you to find out more about the project, raise concerns, ask questions and contribute to the conversation. This site is open to everyone and provides an opportunity for you to comment and see what other members of the community have to say.

Q&A

  • What legislation permits Sydney Water to authorise night works?

    Anon asked 10 months ago

    Sydney Water is a statutory state-owned corporation and is classified as a public authority under Section 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). Sydney Water is also the determining authority for the proposed work under Part 5 of the EP&A Act. Under section 111 of the EP&A Act, Sydney Water is responsible for assessing the impacts of its activities. 

    In March 2016 Sydney Water completed a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and exhibited this document between April and May 2016.  This document can be found on the Sydney Water page http://www.sydneywater.com.au/SW/water-the-environment/what-we-re-doing/current-projects/central-sydney/woolloomooloo-separation-project/index.htm and on our project updates page on Sydney Water Talks https://www.sydneywatertalk.com.au/refreshwloo

    The REF received a formal submission from the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).  The comments provided by the EPA are contained in the Decisions Report that can be found on the two websites above. 

    Following the recommendation from the EPA our work is managed under the Interim Construction Noise Guidelines.  A copy of this guideline is can be found on the EPA website at the following link https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/noise/industrial-noise/interim-construction-noise-guideline

    The majority of Refresh Woolloomooloo work is done during the day between normal construction work hours, however some night work is needed to avoid congestion on strategic city roads. These work hours are determined by the Traffic Management Centre on behalf of the NSW Roads and Martine Services.  Our night hours are generally Monday to Wednesday 8 pm to 5 am, Thursday and Friday 9 pm to 5 am. We schedule our work to only do two consecutive nights a week at any one location to provide respite on the remaining nights of the week. We do the noisiest activities before midnight ie sawcutting, rock breaking and jack hammering. 


  • As the water SUPPLY pipes are probably quite ancient as well as the wastewater pipes, are the supply pipes being upgraded or being affected in any way?

    GeoffA asked 12 months ago

    Refresh Woolloomooloo is separating the combined wastewater and stormwater pipes to improve the water quality discharging to the harbour during rainfall events.  The project will utilise the existing pipe for stormwater and install a new pipe for wastewater.  The existing pipe is in good condition and will be used as the stormwater pipe.  Like the existing combined pipe, the existing water supply pipes are in good condition.  Where installing the new wastewater pipe impacts an existing service ie power, telecommunications, gas or water supply alternative designs are considered to avoid disturbing them. If there is no alternative design then new services are installed.

  • Hello, together with my partner and our children (2 .5 years old and 4 months old) we live in Little Surrey St. Because of the narrowness of the laneway we are concerned about safety issues around children walking in the street and the presence of Sydney Water vehicles and equipment. What provisions have been put in place to educate employees and contractors working on the Little Surrey St project about child safety, or other measures undertaken to ensure dangers are minimised?

    Damian asked over 1 year ago

    We appreciate your concerns and can confirm that all our contractors, including crews and project staff, are inducted and follow strict safety management measures when working on Refresh Woolloomooloo.

    Furthermore, they also receive precinct specific inductions regarding additional measures to be applied when working in areas such as narrow laneways. Traffic control is on site to maintain safe traffic and pedestrian access, and are particularly mindful when working in narrow areas such as Little Surrey Street to ensure the public, including children, are protected.