Upper South Creek Advanced Water Recycling Centre

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Indicative diagram of how the centre will work, treating water to the highest standard and distributing it for agricultural use and environmental flows.

Sydney Water is building the Upper South Creek Advanced Water Recycling Centre (AWRC) in Kemps Creek and associated pipelines to support population and economic growth in Western Sydney.

Construction Information

Our delivery partner, John Holland, is building the AWRC, a treated water pipeline from Kemps Creek to the Nepean River at Wallacia and a brine water pipeline from Kemps Creek to our existing wastewater network at Lansdowne. The pipelines are built underground, mostly in road reserves and public spaces. Some sections of pipeline will need to be installed across private properties.

Construction is underway in parts of Badgerys Creek, Bonnyrigg, Bonnyrigg Heights, Cabramatta, Cabramatta West, Canley Heights, Canley Vale, Cecil Hills, Cecil Park, Elizabeth Hills, Fairfield, Green Valley, Kemps Creek, Lansdowne, Lansvale, Luddenham, Mount Pritchard, Mulgoa and Wallacia.

Our standard working hours are 7 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday and 8 am to 1 pm Saturday. We will notify affected people in advance if we need to work outside these hours.

John Holland is working hard to minimise disturbance however some people may experience temporary traffic changes and construction impacts, mostly from machinery that will be used to dig trenches and lay pipes. Construction of the pipelines will occur until late 2025.

When completed in 2026, the AWRC will deliver sustainable wastewater services and high-quality recycled water to support a cooler, greener Western Parkland City, with a wide range of benefits for the entire community.

Community Benefits

Key benefits for the local community include:

  • efficient and cost-effective wastewater services
  • producing high-quality, recycled water for a range of potential reuses
  • potential to recycle organic waste to generate energy
  • protecting local waterways and aquatic ecosystems via environmental flows
  • producing biosolids for an alternative to chemical fertilisers in agriculture
  • enhancing biodiversity by greening Western Sydney with recycled water
  • supporting the vision for the Western Parkland City, to create quality places for the community, keep water resources in the catchment to support greening and reduce heat island effects
  • generating renewable energy within the AWRC
  • a centre that can respond to changes in demand as our community grows.

The AWRC is Sydney Water’s largest infrastructure investment in Western Sydney and when competed will provide a foundation for a circular economy hub in the Parkland City.

Planning Process

In 2021, Sydney Water prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to describe the project and assess its environmental and community impacts.

The EIS was submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) and put on public exhibition from 21 October to Wednesday 17 November 2021, giving the community an opportunity to review and make submissions on the findings presented in the document. DPE provided planning approval on 28 November 2022.

To learn more about the project’s planning process and approval, visit DPE’s Major Projects Planning Portal where you will find the below documentation:

Please visit this page regularly for updates as the project progresses through its construction phase.




Sydney Water is building the Upper South Creek Advanced Water Recycling Centre (AWRC) in Kemps Creek and associated pipelines to support population and economic growth in Western Sydney.

Construction Information

Our delivery partner, John Holland, is building the AWRC, a treated water pipeline from Kemps Creek to the Nepean River at Wallacia and a brine water pipeline from Kemps Creek to our existing wastewater network at Lansdowne. The pipelines are built underground, mostly in road reserves and public spaces. Some sections of pipeline will need to be installed across private properties.

Construction is underway in parts of Badgerys Creek, Bonnyrigg, Bonnyrigg Heights, Cabramatta, Cabramatta West, Canley Heights, Canley Vale, Cecil Hills, Cecil Park, Elizabeth Hills, Fairfield, Green Valley, Kemps Creek, Lansdowne, Lansvale, Luddenham, Mount Pritchard, Mulgoa and Wallacia.

Our standard working hours are 7 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday and 8 am to 1 pm Saturday. We will notify affected people in advance if we need to work outside these hours.

John Holland is working hard to minimise disturbance however some people may experience temporary traffic changes and construction impacts, mostly from machinery that will be used to dig trenches and lay pipes. Construction of the pipelines will occur until late 2025.

When completed in 2026, the AWRC will deliver sustainable wastewater services and high-quality recycled water to support a cooler, greener Western Parkland City, with a wide range of benefits for the entire community.

Community Benefits

Key benefits for the local community include:

  • efficient and cost-effective wastewater services
  • producing high-quality, recycled water for a range of potential reuses
  • potential to recycle organic waste to generate energy
  • protecting local waterways and aquatic ecosystems via environmental flows
  • producing biosolids for an alternative to chemical fertilisers in agriculture
  • enhancing biodiversity by greening Western Sydney with recycled water
  • supporting the vision for the Western Parkland City, to create quality places for the community, keep water resources in the catchment to support greening and reduce heat island effects
  • generating renewable energy within the AWRC
  • a centre that can respond to changes in demand as our community grows.

The AWRC is Sydney Water’s largest infrastructure investment in Western Sydney and when competed will provide a foundation for a circular economy hub in the Parkland City.

Planning Process

In 2021, Sydney Water prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to describe the project and assess its environmental and community impacts.

The EIS was submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) and put on public exhibition from 21 October to Wednesday 17 November 2021, giving the community an opportunity to review and make submissions on the findings presented in the document. DPE provided planning approval on 28 November 2022.

To learn more about the project’s planning process and approval, visit DPE’s Major Projects Planning Portal where you will find the below documentation:

Please visit this page regularly for updates as the project progresses through its construction phase.




  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Sydney Water and our Delivery Partner John Holland are building the Upper South Creek Advanced Water Recycling Centre (AWRC) in Kemps Creek and associated pipelines to support population and economic growth in Western Sydney. We are continuing work to build pipelines that extend east from Kemps Creek to Lansdowne and west from Kemps Creek to Wallacia.

    Our standard construction hours are 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm Saturday. From time to time, we may need to work outside of these hours.

    Some reasons we would need to carry out work outside our standard construction hours include:

    - To minimise disruptions required to essential services and utilities

    - For the safety of road users, pedestrians and our workers when we are working near roads

    - To allow delivery of oversized machinery or materials that require special arrangements to transport along public roads

    - To manage traffic to minimise delays and journey times

    - To ensure quality of the asset being built. 

    We are seeking your feedback and suggestions on our planned out of hours work schedule. We use various mitigation measures and can assist in managing your expectations and work with your needs (where reasonable and feasible) to further reduce the impact of any potential out of hours work.

    We would also like to know if there are activities that happen at particular addresses that may be significantly disrupted by our work. To help us plan our work to reduce the impact on you as much as possible, please complete the feedback form below by Thursday 27 June.

    For further information and to discuss this feedback form, please contact John Holland’s Community Team on 1800 064 127 or uppersouthcreek@sydneywater.com.au.

    If you would like the help of an interpreter, please call 13 14 50.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Feedback closed 6 August 2023. 

    For further information and to discuss this feedback form, please contact John Holland’s Community Team on 1800 064 127 or uppersouthcreek@sydneywater.com.au.

    While our Delivery Partner John Holland is building the Upper South Creek Advanced Water Recycling Centre (AWRC) and pipelines, our activities will generate impacts that may be disruptive to the community at times. 

    These impacts include changed traffic conditions, increased heavy vehicle movements, temporary loss of on-street parking, tree removal, soil and water management, noise, vibration and air quality (dust). We will continue to keep the community informed as the work locations change.

    We have assessed the equipment that will be used to construct the AWRC and pipelines and identified a number of properties that may be impacted by noise, vibration and air quality as the work is happening. We have written to these properties and designed this form to collect feedback about the work and our proposed mitigation measures. We would also like to know if there are activities that happen at particular addresses that may be significantly disrupted by our work. To help us plan our work to reduce the impact on you as much as possible, please complete the feedback form below.

    Our standard work hours are 7 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday and 8 am to 1 pm Saturday. We may work outside these hours from time to time to maintain safety for road users and workers and to keep people moving during peak travelling times.

    Whilst we will have a number of measures in place to manage noise, vibration and dust, we are always open to feedback about how we can further reduce the impact on you during our work. 

    For further information and to discuss this feedback form, please contact John Holland’s Community Team on 1800 064 127 or uppersouthcreek@sydneywater.com.au.

    If you would like the help of an interpreter, please call 13 14 50.


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