Up s*** creek
Sydney Water has defended the capabilities of its Warriewood Wastewater Treatment Plant, amid reports from locals of regular sewage overflow issues.
In February, Warriewood residents raised concern on social media of strong sewage odours emitting from creeks near Warriewood Square shopping centre.
Images circulated online of Mullet Creek experiencing severe orange discolouration following mid-February’s heavy rainfall, with Sydney Water later confirming a temporary power outage at the pumping station on the corner of Jacksons Road and Garden Streets had caused a short-lived overflow.
“Containment was immediately put in place to limit any overflow that might occur,” a Sydney Water spokesperson told Peninsula Living.
“On-site sampling of the area did not indicate the presence of wastewater, however signage was erected as a precaution. The latest test results have confirmed the site is all clear and there is no wastewater present.”
However, the event has sparked renewed calls among the community for an updated approach to wastewater containment as Warriewood’s population continues to grow.
Despite the NSW Government executing a $32 million upgrade to the treatment plant in 2012, locals say nearby Narrabeen and Turimetta beaches are often impacted by overflows.
This includes local not-for-profit the Surfrider Foundation, who in 2014 called on Sydney Water to move ahead with its initial concept of a deep ocean outfall for the Warriewood sewage treatment plant.
However, Sydney Water maintains the plant is equipped to deal with future population growth and that incidents of sewage overflow have steadily fallen.
“While the population served by the Warriewood Sewage Treatment System has increased over the past 10 years, there has been a noticeable decrease in wet weather overflows over the same period,” it says.