Burwood Beach


Burwood Beach

The Burwood Beach Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) serves the Newcastle City area and surrounding suburbs taking in an area bound approximately by:

  • Dudley
  • Charlestown
  • Wallsend
  • Mayfield

It currently treats 48 Megalitres (ML) per day and handles the wastewater for a population equivalent to 190,000 people.

Hunter Water is developing a long-term plan to ensure the Burwood Beach WWTW is able to continue meeting the needs of our community until 2040.  The long-term plan will be developed after considering a number of options for Burwood Beach WWTW.

Treatment Process

The Burwood Beach WWTW provides secondary treatment of wastewater. It is designed to operate at a very high rate and to remove solids, decrease pathogen content of wastewater and decrease oil and grease in the wastewater.

For more information see the Burwood Beach Treatment Process Information Sheet

Recycling & Reuse

All treated effluent and biosolids from the Burwood Beach WWTW are discharged to the Pacific Ocean through a 1.5 kilometre ocean outfall.

Hunter Water recycles approximately 5091 Megalitres per year from it's other wastewater treatment works. Learn more about our recycling and reuse initiatives.

Future Projects

A Staged Approach

A staged approach to upgrading the Burwood Beach WWTW upgrade has been adopted:

Stage 3 Options

Hunter Water is now planning for Burwood Beach Stage 3 which will focus on further works that are required to meet the longer term needs of the community and other stakeholders.

Sustainable effluent and biosolids management is being considered. Community consultation is continuing throughout the project.

2016 Effluent Disinfection

A new $27 million ultraviolet disinfection system will disinfect the effluent before its release to further ensure protection of public health.