Wyee Sewer Scheme

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Project Overview

In November 2014 the Wyee Sewer Scheme was announced. This program is a Hunter Water initiative jointly funded with 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.

Wyee Sewer Scheme

This program will provide services to the residential area where the main concentration of existing residential properties are located.

A map showing the area to be sewered is available here.

Some non-residential and rural residential properties adjacent to this area, suitable to maintain an effective on-site sewerage management system, are not included.

Hunter Water will design a sewer system for Wyee that provides the best servicing solution. When this design has been finalised property owners will be contacted to advise where the sewerage system will be located.

It is hoped that the sewer system will be available for connection by December 2020.

Hunter Water will provide a point of connection to the sewer system at no cost. Property owners will pay the cost of sewer pipes that are to be laid on their property to connect to the new sewerage system.

The Wyee Sewer Scheme will be funded by the Environmental Improvement Charge (EIC). The EIC is a charge paid by Hunter Water's wastewater customers that contributes to the cost of providing sewerage in areas where it is currently not available in the lower Hunter.

The NSW State Government is contributing $6,000 per lot to the cost of providing these services.

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For more information, comments or questions about this project, please contact Hunter Water:

Telephone: 1300 657 657

Or please send your enquiry by email here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Wyee Sewer Program?

The Wyee Sewer program is a Hunter Water initiative jointly funded with the NSW State Government. It will provide reticulated sewer to the existing township of Wyee.

When completed existing properties in the 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.

What area of Wyee is getting the sewerage under this program?

Four hundred properties in the existing Wyee Township will be provided with reticulated sewer services.

The intent of this program is to provide services to the residential area where the main concentration of existing residential properties is located. A small number of commercial and vacant land within this urban settlement will also be included.

The NSW State Government is contributing $6,000 per lot to the cost of providing these services.

How will the Wyee Sewer Program by funded?

The Wyee sewer program will be funded by the Environmental Improvement Charge (EIC). The EIC is a charge paid by Hunter Water's wastewater customers that contributed to the cost of providing sewerage in areas where it is currently not available in the lower Hunter.

The NSW State Government is contributing $6,000 per lot to the cost of providing these services. 

When will the sewer be available for connection to Wyee?

It is expected that the sewer system will be available for connection by December 2020.

When construction works have been completed Hunter Water will advise property owners that the system is available for connection. 

Why are some properties at Wyee not included?

The principle developed for priority sewer schemes, such as Wyee, is that the boundary for the serviced area is the existing concentration of urban settlement. This includes some vacant properties and non-residential properties within the existing Wyee Township.

The properties excluded are non-residential and rural residential properties adjacent to this area that are suitable to maintain an effective on-site sewerage management system. 

I currently have an operating on-site sewer system (septic) and don't want to connect to the network when it becomes available. Do I have to connect?

Hunter Water gives notice to property owners when the sewerage system is available for connection. It is preferred that its customers connect to the new, efficient and environmentally responsible sewerage system. However, Hunter Water does not have the power to force connection. Lake Macquarie City Council is the authority for the area under the Local Government Act and has the power to require property owners to connect to the new sewerage system.

Hunter Water notifies the Local Council Authority of the availability of the new sewer after which time Council will determine timeframes for connection (normally 90 days). Council can be consulted in regards to extensions of time for sewerage connection. 

What do I have to pay to connect to the sewer?

Hunter Water will provide a point of connection to the sewer system that will be at the edge of your property. Property owners will pay the cost for sewer pipes that are to be laid on their property to connect to the new sewerage system. 

Can Hunter Water assist with my costs to connect to sewer?

Hunter Water is not in a position to provide assistance to property owners to lay sewer pipes on their property. The Wyee sewer system will be highly subsided and it is not equitable for other water users in the Hunter to provide any additional funding.

Where will the sewerage main be located in my property?

Hunter Water will design a sewer system for Wyee that provides the best servicing solution. When the design has been finalised property owners will be contacted to advise where the sewerage system will be located. 

What sewer charges will I pay after I connect?

The Environmental Improvement Charge (EIC) is paid by property owners for properties that are connected to the sewer system. The EIC is an annual charge, which is adjusted in line with the CPI. The current EIC is around $40 per annum. Eligible pensioners are exempt from the EIC.

The Sewer Service Charge is also applicable to all properties connected to the sewer system. This charge contributes to the cost to maintain and replace sewer mains, pumping stations and treatment plants. The sewer service charge for a residential property is around $600 each year.

 

Location Map

This map shows properties in Wyee Township which are included in this project. If your property is not within this boundary your property will remain unchanged.

Wyee Sewer Scheme Boundary

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Concept design

Hunter Water has appointed engineering firm GHD to complete the Concept Design for the Wyee Sewer Scheme. The Concept Design will be completed by May 2017 and will confirm the type of system to be provided and the location of sewer mains and other infrastructure.

Site surveys - customer properties

Over the next few months GHD will be undertaking surveys of approximately half of the properties which will be provided with a sewer connection as part of this project. Residents will be advised in writing if their property will be surveyed. The purpose of the survey is to determine the best location for the sewer service connections and to consider other factors such as soil conditions and the below-ground water table. It is not necessary to survey all properties as some of this information can be determined from maps and existing information sources.

Site surveys and investigations - on road reserves and public land

GHD is also undertaking the surveying and geotechnical studies required to complete the Concept Design. This will include taking core drilling samples from road reserves out the front of some residential properties. GHD and Hunter Water will endeavour to let residents know before work is undertaken near homes.

Photographs

Sometimes Hunter Water's contractors need to take photographs on site, for example of soil types, land contours or to confirm pre-construction conditions. It is possible, but unlikely, that these photographs may include private vehicles and residences in the background. Please be assured that these photographs are for internal use only and will not be used in public documents or on the website unless the approval of the property owner is given.

Fast Facts

Project Location
Wyee Township, Lake Macquarie City Council
Project Duration
Completed by December 2020
Contact
1300 657 657

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