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    Major Projects

    The community and environment will benefit from our targeted capital investment program across our entire water supply and wastewater network.

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Major Projects

Hunter Water is continually implementing new projects to:

  • improve water and wastewater services to customers
  • provide new facilities in areas of growth
  • replace ageing assets as required
  • increase use of recycled water
  • protect and improve the health of our environment and waterways
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Campvale Culvert Renewal

January 2018 - February 2019

Hunter Water is decommissioning the existing Campvale Culvert and constructing new assets to maintain functionality and ensure ongoing safety of Grahamstown Dam.

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Chichester Trunk Gravity Main - Management

Timeframe: Ongoing

The Chichester Trunk Gravity Main (CTGM runs for 70 kilometres from Chichester Dam to the western outskirts of Newcastle. Installed almost 100 years ago, the CTGM was constructed using lead based collars and primer paints, as was standard practice at that time. Hunter Water is working to replace the lead-based materials. The quality of our drinking water is not affected.

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Congewai & Quorrobolong Creek Catchment Improvement Program

Timeframe: 2016 - 2021

A Catchment Improvement Program (CIP) will be implemented over 5 years to improve water quality in the Congewai and Quorrobolong Creeks.

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Dungog WWTW Upgrade

Timeframe: 2014 to 2020

Hunter Water is planning to upgrade the Dungog WWTW. This will involve a physical upgrade to the plant and development of an Effluent Management Strategy.

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Farley WWTW Stage 3B Upgrade

Timeframe: Undergoing design and planning.

Hunter Water is investing $63.6M in upgrading the Farley WWTW to ensure it meets the needs of a growing population and provides the best possible environmental outcomes.

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Pressure Management Charlestown and Edgeworth

Timeframe: Early 2018

Hunter Water is implementing a water pressure management program in Charlestown and Edgeworth to reduce high water mains pressure. High mains pressure results in increased water main breaks, water lost to the environment and interruptions to water supply. Pressure management plans are being introduced in several different suburbs in Newcastle and also around Australia.

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Seaham Weir

Hunter Water is upgrading Seaham Weir to comply with new requirements for flow control and fish passage.

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Smoke Testing

Timeframe: Ongoing

Smoke testing is used to test the integrity of Hunter Water's wastewater (sewer) system. Smoke escaping from pipes, pumping stations, hatches and other structures helps identify where repairs are needed. 

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Swansea Channel Crossing

Timeframe: Due for completion early 2018

Hunter Water is investing $4.2M to construct a new water main beneath Swansea Channel. The new pipeline will ensure customers south of Swansea Bridge will have reliable access to the water supply into the future.

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Temporary Desalination Plant Planned for Belmont

Timeframe: February 2018 - mid/late 2019

Hunter Water is planning for a temporary water desalination plant at Belmont. This project is to obtain all approvals necessary to construct the plant, however, actual construction would only occur as a last resort in the event of severe drought.

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Tillegra Riparian Improvement Project

Timeframe: 2015 - 2020

Hunter Water is safeguarding the quality of the region's drinking water by rehabilitating the river banks of land it previously owned in the Tillegra region.

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Wallsend/Elermore Vale Wastewater System Upgrade

Timeframe: January 2018 - September 2018

Hunter Water is investing approximately $5 million to upgrade the performance of the wastewater system in Elermore Vale and Wallsend.

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Williamtown Water

Timeframe:  2016 - 2019

The Williamtown water reticulation scheme will provide access to safe drinking water for residents and businesses within the Williamtown Contamination Investigation Zone.

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Wyee Sewer Scheme

Timeframe: December 2020

In November 2014 the Wyee Sewer Scheme was announced. This program is a Hunter Water initiative jointly funded by the NSW State Government. When completed existing properties in the Wyee Township will be provided with a connection to the sewer system. This will replace existing septic systems in Wyee providing substantial benefits to the environment and reliable sewer services to the community.

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Dungog Wastewater Treatment Works Upgrade

Hunter Water is planning to upgrade the Dungog Wastewater Treatment Works to provide capacity for population growth into the future. The project includes upgrading the physical infrastructure and developing a long-term Effluent Management Strategy.

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