Beachwatch programs was established in 1989 in response to community concern about the impact of sewage pollution on Sydney's ocean beaches. The program was extended to include bathing beaches in the Hunter Region.
The programs provide regular and reliable information on beach water quality to enable people to make informed decisions about where and when to swim.
Stormwater is water that falls from the sky and runs across roofs, roads and parks into stormwater drains. Hunter Water works closely with local councils and other agencies to manage the stormwater in Hunter Region.
Wastewater from individual houses, units and businesses enters a network of wastewater pipes that ultimately travel to a wastewater treatment facility, where it is processed.
At our 19 wastewater treatment works we treat the wastewater before it is reused or discharged to rivers or oceans in accordance with strict licence conditions issued by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
Our wastewater treatment processes rely on both biological processes and chemical processes to treat wastewater to an acceptable quality for discharge into local waterways or the ocean.
Our treatment processes differ at each site in small ways, but can be broadly split into:
Hunter Water applies a multiple barrier approach to protecting water quality, where water is:
Learn more about our multiple barrier approach.
Water storage levels are updated on our website each week.
Keeping catchments clean is an essential first step in maintaining water quality.
We can all work together to protect water quality.
Is a property that does not have direct frontage to a water main however are connected to Hunter Water infrastructure via a private pipeline. Any pipeline that in installed in a local council footpath or reserves or intervenes private property permission must be obtained in writing for the location of the pipeline and water metering system.
Stormwater pollutant reduction structures in our stormwater systems include:
These structures help to protect our coastal estuaries and beaches from pollutants such as floating rubbish, oil and organic matter.
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