Hunter Water is investing $500,000 in a Catchment Improvement Program (CIP) to improve water quality in Congewai and Quorrobolong Creeks. The CIP will be implemented over five years and will involve works such as erosion control, revegetation and urban stormwater management, and will improve water quality by reducing the amount of nitrogen, phosphorous and other nutrients entering the creeks.
The CIP will focus on the Congewai and Quorrobolong Creek Catchment upstream of Paxton WWTW, an area of approximately 400 square kilometres, as shown here.
How will the CIP affect me?
If you live, own land or a business near the localities of Congewai, Elginford, Ellalong, Millfield, Paxton and Quorrobolong, and are interested in environmental programs in these areas, please register your details to receive project updates.
Hunter Water will soon be contacting residents and business owners in areas that may be suitable for on-ground works to improve water quality. If you would like to let us know of any locations we should consider please send us an email.
The CIP may also involve community information workshops, and Hunter Water specialists visiting local community groups and schools. Please register your details to learn more about these future opportunities.
Why is Hunter Water interested in the water quality of Congewai and Quorrobolong Creeks?
Hunter Water is one of many organisations interested in maintaining and improving the health of these waterways as the Paxton Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) releases treated effluent into Congewai Creek.
In 2013 Hunter Water developed a sustainable management strategy for the sewered areas of Paxton, Millfield and Ellalong. Part of the management strategy included monitoring and improving creek water quality as Congewai Creek receives treated water from these communities.
How healthy are Congewai and Quorrobolong Creeks?
Over the past few years Hunter Water has completed numerous local environmental studies. The studies found that when compared to Australian and New Zealand fresh and marine water quality guidelines, the Congewai and Quorrobolong Creek environment has elevated levels of nutrients both upstream and downstream of the Paxton WWTW. There are many factors affecting water quality including vegetation clearing, agriculture, urban stormwater, general erosion and the Paxton WWTW.
For more information see FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).