Sydney Water is seeking community feedback in order to create a long term strategy for managing wastewater in Picton.

Residents of Picton, Camden and Glenfield (NSW) are invited to apply for a spot in a community reference group where they will contribute to a future strategy for managing the wastewater that’s collected and treated in the region.

Applications to participate in the reference group close on 27 November with successful applicants taking part in a series of workshops between December 2015 and mid 2016.

The community can also take part in an online engagement forum on the Sydney Water Talk website.

General Manager, Liveable Cities at Sydney Water, Paul Plowman, said “We are seeking input from the community and stakeholders on the various options to manage wastewater increases resulting from future population growth and local industries.”

The options for managing wastewater that will be discussed in the workshops include recycling to farms, sporting fields, businesses and homes, as well as transferring flows to other treatment plants such as West Camden or Glenfield.

Other options include expanding Sydney Water’s Picton farm, creating wetlands and diverting surplus recycled water to Stonequarry Creek or the Nepean River.

Community and stakeholder input will help Sydney Water to develop a strategy that will guide plans to treat and manage expected higher wastewater flows to the plant in the future.

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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