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  • Going beyond traditional water services in Western Sydney

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    by emilycassar,
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    We’re celebrating a big milestone with submission of the Upper South Creek Advanced Water Recycling Centre (AWRC) Scoping Report to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). Visit Upper South Creek's page on the planning portal to access a copy of the Scoping Report.

    This formally triggers the start of the Environmental Impact Statement process for one of our largest investments in wastewater management and water resilience in a decade, supporting growth in the South West and Western Sydney Aerotropolis Growth Areas.

    The Centre will be located north-east of Elizabeth Drive in Kemps Creek, near the upper Wianamatta-South Creek. When complete the Upper South Creek AWRC will go well beyond existing recycling schemes, moving away from the traditional way of building water infrastructure, and will help redefine the way we value and how we use water more sustainably.

    The modular design of the AWRC allows it to be developed in stages to support growth, with wastewater treatment plant to be completed in 2025. The Centre will use industry-leading water and resource recycling technology to harness renewable energy, making this also one of the greenest infrastructure investments in NSW.

    The Scoping Report has been developed to provide more information on the proposed project, including the development of the SEARs. Significant stakeholder engagement has already started and is progressing well, keeping a strong focus on creating a world-class customer experience.

    Next steps for the project include the Planning Secretary to issue the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). The Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE) goal is to issue within 30 days, so we would expect it around the end of August. DPIE contacts other relevant government agencies to get input into the SEARS.