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.

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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.

  • Going beyond traditional water services in Western Sydney

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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.

  • Planning for growth in Western Sydney: investigation activities

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    Sydney Water is expanding our services to support future growth in Western Sydney. As part of this process, we need to carry out geotechnical investigations to help determine the best location for the new infrastructure.

    These investigations include general site walkovers, investigation of heritage and ecology, surveying of the area and location of services. it also includes drilling boreholes and excavating test pits to better understand ground conditions and monitoring noise.


    Our project team requires access to some properties across Western Sydney, and have been in touch with tenants and owners to conduct these investigations.

    We expect we will complete the current phase of investigations by around August and will carry identification and a Certificate of Authority which we will show you at your request.

    You may notice us doing these investigations on site between 7 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

    You do not need to be at the property during the investigations however if you do have requirements on how we should leave the property, please let us know.


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  • Planning for growth in Western Sydney: geotechnical investigations

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    Sydney Water is expanding our services to support future growth in South Western Sydney. As part of this process, we need to carry out geotechnical investigations close to properties in South West Sydney to help determine the best location for the new infrastructure.

    We try to avoid the need to access properties to conduct our investigations, however there may be noise due to our drilling and excavation activities nearby.

    We expect we will complete the current phase of investigations by around August and will carry identification and a Certificate of Authority which we will show you at your request.

    You may notice us doing these investigations on site between 7 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Community Relations team on 1800 238 881 or via email at uppersouthcreek@sydneywater.com.au


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