Burwood Beach Wastewater Treatment Works

burwood beach wastewater treatment plant

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.


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).