Sydney Water’s $70 million Northern Beaches Storage Project has been completed.
The new facility will reduce the frequency of wastewater overflows into local waterways during heavy rain, further protecting the unique environment on the Northern Beaches.
NSW Minister for Finance and Services Andrew Constance and Member for Manly Mike Baird marked the occasion in Brookvale.
“The Northern Beaches Storage Project will deliver a more robust wastewater system that will serve the Northern Beaches community for many years to come,” Mr Constance said.
“The facility involves an 18 million litre aboveground storage tank that will temporarily store excess wastewater diverted from the Narrabeen Submain.
“After the rain passes, the excess wastewater will be released back into the Submain and it will continue to the North Head Wastewater Treatment Plant.
“This facility, together with local sewer improvements, will reduce the frequency of wastewater overflows by 65 per cent over ten years, further protecting local beaches, lagoons and creeks.
Mr Constance said the project demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to expand and improve Sydney Water infrastructure.
“We’re investing $400 million over four years allowing Sydney Water to upgrade its 24,000 kilometre wastewater network, further improving services for customers across Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra.
“This project also comes off the back of the recently completed $32 million upgrade to the Warriewood Wastewater Treatment Plant.”
Mr Baird said the Northern Beaches Storage Project is great news for the local community.
“The NSW Government is committed to protecting the natural environment, and this storage facility will reduce the frequency of wastewater overflows and improve water quality across the Northern Beaches,” Mr Baird said.
“The project is a good example of a local community coming together to find a solution, and government responding to the concerns raised.”