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We’re working toward our environmental goal of reducing wet weather wastewater overflows to Woolloomooloo Bay.

We're separating the currently combined wastewater and stormwater systems in Woolloomooloo. In the current system, wastewater from homes, businesses and industry is combined with stormwater in a single pipe. 

Work started in August 2017 and is expected to be finished by mid 2020.

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Our work will help improve the local environment and waterways of Woolloomooloo Bay.


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We're fixing what you can't see and that will make the biggest difference

The pipes in Woolloomooloo, Darlinghurst and Potts Point have been there since the 1800s. Only one pipe carries both wastewater and stormwater, which can cause odours. During heavy rain, some of the wastewater in these pipes overflows into Woolloomooloo Bay.

You've told us it's time for a change and we're with you

It's time the combined pipes are separated. By separating the pipes, a new pipe will carry wastewater straight to the treatment plant at Bondi. This means only stormwater will flow into the bay. You'll notice less odours around the area and a cleaner Woolloomooloo Bay.

We're making the bay a better place to enjoy and helping you breathe easier 

When we're finished, Woolloomooloo will have a better wastewater and stormwater system compared to New York, Paris, London and Tokyo.

We’ve finished construction to separate the old combined wastewater and stormwater system in Woolloomooloo. We’re continuing to test and monitor the system to ensure it’s working the way we planned. This is taking longer than expected because we need rain to test the system. We may need to do a bit more work in some areas if we find wastewater is still getting into the stormwater system.

We've been working in these four precincts:

Precinct 1

Stream Street, Woolloomooloo
This includes Sir John Young Crescent and Crown Street.

Precinct 2

Forbes Street, Darlinghurst

Precinct 3

Riley Street, Woolloomooloo
This includes Liverpool Street, Burton Street and Francis Lane. 

Precinct 4

Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
This includes Womerah Avenue and Brougham Lane.

Our pipes will be the only thing kept in the dark

To know more:

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