Upper South Creek Advanced Wastewater Recycling Centre
Project at a glance
Senior Consultant | Sydney and Sydney Surrounds
The Upper South Creek Advanced Water Recycling Centre (AWRC) will be a sophisticated wastewater treatment and resource recovery plant that will produce recycled water, renewable energy and bio-resources.
It will collect wastewater from homes and businesses across Western Sydney and treat it to produce high-quality water suitable for a wide range of non-drinking uses.
The Upper South Creek AWRC will support predicted population and economic growth in Western Sydney, including designated areas known as South West Growth Area and Western Sydney Aerotropolis Growth Area.
The project includes the construction and operation of a:
- New Advanced Water Recycling Center in Kemps Creek (view project map)
- Pipeline to release high quality treated water to the Nepean River at Wallacia (view here)
- Pipeline to take the plant's saline by-product (brine) to the existing wastewater network at Lansdowne (view here)
- Associated ancillary infrastructure
This project will deliver sustainable wastewater treatment and high-quality recycled water to create a cooler, greener Western Parkland City, with a wide range of benefits for the entire community including:
- providing efficient and cost-effective wastewater services
- producing high-quality, recycled water for a range of non-drinking reuses
- recycling organic waste to generate electricity
- helping to protect local waterways and aquatic ecosystems via environmental flows
- producing biosolids for an alternative to chemical fertilisers in agriculture
- enhancing biodiversity by greening Western Sydney with recycled water
- generating renewable energy within the AWRC and through solar
- building a centre that can respond to changes in demand as our community grows.
Sydney Water has appointed a consortium to deliver the project. John Holland is responsible for design and construction, while GHD and Jacobs are providing engineering and design services. Trility is providing operations and maintenance advice during delivery and will be responsible for operating the AWRC during its first five years.
The AWRC is Sydney Water's largest investment in infrastructure for Western Sydney and provides a foundation for a circular economy hub in the Parkland City.
We are also investigating the opportunity to develop a future bioenergy hub at the AWRC for waste collection, reuse, resource recovery and renewable energy generation.
Further information on the project is available here: https://www.sydneywatertalk.com.au/uppersouthcreek
Market Sounding - Project Resource Efficiency Strategy and Targets
The project is looking for input and collaboration from the industry on circular economy opportunities that can contribute to the achievement of the Project resource efficiency targets and requirements. The project is additionally looking to engage with those groups listed below that would be open to potential resource sharing or recycling opportunities.
The project is hoping to engage with the following groups within the market to collaborate and contribute towards positive circular economy outcomes:
- Circular economy businesses
- Industry groups
- Community/local/Indigenous groups
- Greater Project Supply Chain
- Training, education and apprenticeship groups/business
Expressions of interest from the above groups should be submitted to Thuy Ho directly via email. Please include information on your organisation and area of interest for collaboration.
USC Circular Economy Objectives and Targets
The projects circular economy objective is to "pursue circular economy approaches to material sources (including reuse) and effective waste management".
The projects SMART Circular Economy targets include:
- 45% reduction in material life cycle impacts from a Base Case scenario
- 30% of products / materials (by cost) will have an ISC-approved sustainability label
- 100% reuse of biosolids
- 50% of materials (by cost) can be easily adapted, reused or recycled at end of life
- 95% diversion of clean/inert excavation spoil from entering landfill
- 70% diversion of office waste from entering landfill
- 80% diversion of other inert resource outputs form entering landfill
- Our minimum and stretch resource efficiency SMART targets and requirements (see image below)
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