Upper South Creek Advanced Water Recycling Centre

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Sydney Water is planning an Advanced Water Recycling Centre (AWRC) at Kemps Creek.

The project includes the construction and operation of a:

  • new Advanced Water Recycling Centre
  • new treated water pipeline
  • new environmental flows pipeline
  • new brine (a waste by-product of the reverse osmosis process) pipeline
  • associated ancillary infrastructure.

The AWRC and associated pipelines will be built to support the population and economic growth of Western Sydney, including designated growth areas known as South West Growth Area and Western Sydney Aerotropolis Growth Area.

The project’s infrastructure will be located in the local government areas of Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly.

Use this map to provide your suggestions and feedback. Simply place a marker on the area of the project of interest to you and insert your comment. You can place multiple markers, leave multiple comments or add a comment to an existing marker.

As part of the process of treating wastewater, the AWRC will produce high-quality water suitable for a wide range of non-drinking uses in homes, for various industrial uses, in businesses, in agriculture and for watering of public open spaces.

Given its high quality, it can also be released to local waterways such as the Nepean and Warragamba Rivers to help sustain our important river ecosystems that continue to come under significant pressure from climatic changes and developments in their catchments.

Sydney Water has prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to describes the project and assesses its environmental and community impacts. The EIS will be placed on public exhibition on 21 October 2021, providing the community with an opportunity to review and make submissions on the findings presented in the document.

Please visit this page regularly as we will be posting regular updates as the project progresses.

Sydney Water is planning an Advanced Water Recycling Centre (AWRC) at Kemps Creek.

The project includes the construction and operation of a:

  • new Advanced Water Recycling Centre
  • new treated water pipeline
  • new environmental flows pipeline
  • new brine (a waste by-product of the reverse osmosis process) pipeline
  • associated ancillary infrastructure.

The AWRC and associated pipelines will be built to support the population and economic growth of Western Sydney, including designated growth areas known as South West Growth Area and Western Sydney Aerotropolis Growth Area.

The project’s infrastructure will be located in the local government areas of Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly.

Use this map to provide your suggestions and feedback. Simply place a marker on the area of the project of interest to you and insert your comment. You can place multiple markers, leave multiple comments or add a comment to an existing marker.

As part of the process of treating wastewater, the AWRC will produce high-quality water suitable for a wide range of non-drinking uses in homes, for various industrial uses, in businesses, in agriculture and for watering of public open spaces.

Given its high quality, it can also be released to local waterways such as the Nepean and Warragamba Rivers to help sustain our important river ecosystems that continue to come under significant pressure from climatic changes and developments in their catchments.

Sydney Water has prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to describes the project and assesses its environmental and community impacts. The EIS will be placed on public exhibition on 21 October 2021, providing the community with an opportunity to review and make submissions on the findings presented in the document.

Please visit this page regularly as we will be posting regular updates as the project progresses.

  • Upper South Creek AWRC Amendment Report open for comment

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    An Amendment Report to Sydney Water’s Upper South Creek AWRC Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is going on public exhibition on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) website from Wednesday, 23 March until Tuesday, 5 April.

    The Amendment Report reflects seven minor amendments to the project that were made based on feedback from partners and stakeholders. They include minor realignments of the treated water and brine pipelines, and a change to the AWRC site boundary.

    DPE will consider any submissions received about the Amendment Report when making a decision about the project.

    Please note, Sydney Water’s Amendment Report is not a response to EIS submissions. A separate Submissions Report is currently being prepared by Sydney Water to address submissions received during last year’s EIS exhibition period.

    All Upper South Creek AWRC EIS documents are still available at from DPE’s Major Project’s Planning Portal if you wish to review them.

    Sydney Water expects to begin design and construction of the project later this year.

  • Upper South Creek AWRC EIS Overview Brochure CALD

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    To support the exhibition Upper South Creek and AWRC Environmental Impact Statement, Sydney Water has developed a brochure that summarises the EIS.

    We have also translated the brochure into Arabic, Simplified Chinese and Vietnamese.

    The CALD versions are available to download on Sydney Water Talk

    • Read the brochure in Arabic here
    • Read the brochure in Simplified Chinese here
    • Read the brochure in Vietnamese here
  • Community Information Sessions

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    To help you better understand the impacts outlined in the Environmental Impact Statment (EIS), Sydney Water is hosting online information sessions during the exhibition period.

    This will be your opportunity to meet the project team, find out more about the project and ask questions.  Please register for one of the below sessions:

    • Session 1 – Friday, 29 October 2021 from 12.30-1.30pm

    • Session 2 – Thursday, 4 November 2021 from7.00-8.00pm

  • NSW Department of Industry, Planning and Environment EIS Exhibition

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    NSW Department of Industry, Planning and Environment (DPIE) is currently exhibiting the Upper South Creek and AWRC Environmental Impact Statement for public comment. The EIS assesses the project’s impacts and outlines how they will be managed.

    Sydney Water has developed a brochure that summarises the EIS. You can read it here.

    If you would like to make a submission to DPIE, please visit planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects

  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse online community information sessions

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    Join us at one of our community information sessions to get an update on the project, ask questions, tell us what you think about the project.

    We will be holding three online sessions in Arabic, Vietnamese and Chinese.

    Details of these sessions:

    • Arabic: Friday, 16 July (10:00 am - 11:30am)
    • Vietnamese: Friday, 23 July (10:00am - 11:30am)
    • Chinese: Saturday, 24 July (10:00am - 11:30am)

    If you are interested in attending, please contact the Upper South Creek team on 1800 238 881 or at uppersouthcreek@sydneywater.com.au

  • SYDNEY LOCKDOWN: Luddenham pop up stall postponed

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    Given the current lockdown in Sydney, we are postponing the community pop up information session at Luddenham Village Café (3035 The Northern Road, Luddenham NSW 2745) that was scheduled for Saturday, 3 July. We'll confirm a new date when restrictions ease, so please keep an eye out for updates.

  • Mulgoa and Cabramatta pop up stalls postponed due to COVID-19

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    With the safety of the community and our people top of mind, due to the evolving COVID-19 situation in Sydney, we are postponing the following community pop up information sessions:

    • Saturday, 26 June at Settlers Café in Mulgoa
    • Tuesday, 29 June in Cabramatta Plaza
    • Thursday, 1 July in Cabramatta Plaza

    Once restrictions have eased, we will post new dates. Be sure to keep an eye out for these updates.

  • Coming to a café, shop or hall near you soon

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    Come meet the team and tell us what you think about the proposed Advanced Water Recycling Centre’s design at one of our upcoming community ‘pop-up’ information events.

    The centre in Kemps Creek, just north of Elizabeth Drive, will provide essential wastewater services for West and South West Sydney for generations to come.

    To do this we also need to install two new pipes, one running 17km west and another 24km east.

    Please join us at one of our events listed below to find out more about the design and help us plan so we can minimise any potential disruption in your neighbourhood.

    If you just can’t wait to tell us what you think, email us at uppersouthcreek@sydneywater.com.au or call 1800 238 881.

    ** Upcoming events **

    Saturday 5 June 2021 (10am-1:30pm)

    Wallacia Progress Association Hall (outside the hall, 40 Greendale Road, Wallacia NSW 2745)

    Saturday 19 June 2021 (12:30-4pm)

    Dam Break Café (31B Fourteenth Street, Warragamba NSW 2752)

    **POSTPONED** Saturday 26 June 2021 (10am-1:30pm)

    Settlers Café (1300 Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa NSW 2745)

    **POSTPONED** Tuesday 29 June 2021 (3-6:30pm)

    Cabramatta Plaza (180 Railway Parade, Cabramatta NSW 2166)

    **POSTPONED** Thursday 1 July 2021 (3-6:30pm)

    Cabramatta Plaza (180 Railway Parade, Cabramatta NSW 2166)

    Saturday 3 July 2021 (1-4:30pm)

    Luddenham Village Café (3035 The Northern Road, Luddenham NSW 2745)

  • Online information sessions

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    Register for our online information sessions to hear more about the Upper South Creek project.

    Click the links below to register with us. We've designed the sessions so you can join the session that's most relevant to your suburb or area of interest.

    We'd prefer you join on zoom but if you're having technical difficulties you can join via phone too.

    Online session 1: 7 pm Thursday 18 February 2021: click here to book in

    This session is designed for community who are interested in the proposed Upper South Creek Advanced Water Recycling Centre. This includes community who live and work close to the future centre in Kemps Creek, near Mamre Road and Elizabeth Drive, and the surrounding suburbs of Badgerys Creek, Luddenham and Penrith.

    Online session 2: 12 noon Friday 19 February 2021: click here to book in

    This session is designed for community who live and work in Mulgoa, Wallacia and Warragamba.

    Online session 3: 7 pm Monday 22 February 2021 : click here to book in

    This session is designed for community who live and work near the M7 and Western Sydney Parklands, Abbotsbury, Cecil Park, Cecil Hills and nearby suburbs.

    Online session 4: 12 noon Tuesday 23 February 2021: click here to book in

    This session is designed for community who live and work at Bonnyrigg, Bonnyrigg Heights, Busby, Cabramatta, Cabramatta West, Edensor Park, Fairfield, Lansdowne, Mount Prichard, and nearby suburbs.


  • Tell us what you think

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    Join us at one of our community information sessions to get an update on the project, ask questions, tell us what you think about the project.

    The proposed Advanced Water Recycling Centre at Kemps Creek, just north of Elizabeth Drive will provide essential wastewater services for the West and South West Sydney for generations to come.


    The centre will be delivered in stages to meet changing customer needs at the right time and support the community as it grows from 25,000 today to 650,000 by 2056.

    If approved, we expect the first stage to be finished in 2025. When completed in 2036, the plant will treat up to 100 million litres of wastewater daily, producing high quality recycled water that is suitable for a range of uses.


    For further information about the project, join us 10.00am-1.30pm:


    Tuesday 19 January 2021

    Warragamba Silverdale Neighbourhood Centre

    Wednesday 20 January 2021

    Penrith Markets Penrith Showground 141-147 Station Street Penrith


    Saturday 30 January 2021

    Bonnyrigg Plaza


    Sunday 31 January 2021

    Penrith Westfields


    Saturday 6 February 2021

    Carnes Hill Shopping Centre


    Sunday 7 February 2021

    Luddenham Country Market Luddenham Showgrounds


    See why our Managing Director, Roch Cheroux is seeking your early feedback about the proposed Advanced Water Recycling Centre project.

    In a letter to the community Roch explains why this project will be so important to making every drop of our water resources count to help shape a cooler, greener Western Sydney Parkland City. Read Roch’s letter to the community.

    You can also view maps and graphics in our latest newsletter showing how and where the proposed Advanced Water Recycling Centre will operate. Tell us what you think by providing your feedback in this 5min survey.

Page last updated: 02 Jun 2022, 10:22 AM