Burwood Beach Wastewater Treatment Works

The Burwood Beach Wastewater Treatment Works serves the Newcastle City area and surrounding suburbs of Dudley, Charlestown, Jesmond, Mayfield and Carrington.

It currently treats 48 megalitres per day and handles the wastewater for a population of up to 220,000 people.

Wastewater and COVID-19

There is no evidence that COVID-19 has been transmitted to people via wastewater. COVID-19 is susceptible to our current treatment processes. Sewage also contains detergents and other substances that inactivate (kill) the virus before it reaches the treatment plant.

As part of our day-to-day operations, we have stringent hygiene and safety measures in place across our treatment plants. Our workers continue to employ best practices for protecting water quality and their occupational health, including the use of personal protective equipment.

The NSW Health COVID-19 Sewage Surveillance Research Program tests untreated sewage for fragments of the COVID-19 virus to provide data to support NSW Health's response to the pandemic.


Designed to operate at a very high rate, The Burwood Beach Wastewater Treatment Works provides secondary treatment of wastewater by the following process:

  1. Removal of solids
  2. Decrease in pathogen content, oil and grease in the wastewater
  3. Receives UV disinfection before being discharged to the Pacific Ocean through a 1.5 kilometre ocean outfall.

Recycling and reuse

Recycled water is used for:

  • grit and screening washing
  • general wash down around the Wastewater Treatment Works
  • ground irrigation.

At Hunter Water, we recycle approximately 5,000 megalitres of effluent per year from our other wastewater treatment plants. Learn more about our recycling and reuse initiatives.

Environmental Licence Monitoring

Pollution monitoring data is collected by Hunter Water, as required under the Environment Protection Licences (EPL) issued by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA).