A new regulation has been proposed by Sydney Water to better manage the state’s wastewater system in wet weather.

General Manager of Sydney Water’s Liveable Cities division, Paul Plowman, has encouraged everyone to participate and have their say on the proposal.

“We are seeking input from a range of people including customers, councils, community and environmental groups to help develop the proposal we will be submitting to the EPA for their approval later this year.

“It’s been almost 20 years since the EPA regulations were put in place. A lot has changed in that time – our knowledge of the environment has grown and we have more effective ways to protect our communities.”

“The proposed approach is about building on the good work we’ve already done under the existing regulation which requires us to measure and reduce the number of overflows in wet weather.

“Since 1997, Sydney Water has invested about $2billion to clean up the waterways and beaches of Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Illawarra.

“While Sydney Water is the biggest manager of wastewater in NSW, a job we take very seriously, everyone has a role to play in protecting the environment”, Paul said.

Sydney Water will host a series of local workshops that people can join and take part in over the next 3 months at the Sydney CBD, Parramatta, Cronulla, Chatswood, Hurstville, Strathfield and Liverpool.

To take part, Sydney Water is asking interested persons to register prior to Tuesday 2 June 2015.

You can register your interest at sydneywatertalk.com.au

Michelle is a freelance journalist and editor who, as well as covering all the latest and breaking industry news, is a gun proofreader and editor who never misses a trick.

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