Beachwatch programs was established in 1989 in response to community concern about the impact of sewage pollution on Sydney's ocean beaches. The program was extended to include bathing beaches in the Hunter Region.
The programs provide regular and reliable information on beach water quality to enable people to make informed decisions about where and when to swim.
Stormwater is water that falls from the sky and runs across roofs, roads and parks into stormwater drains. Hunter Water works closely with local councils and other agencies to manage the stormwater in Hunter Region.
Wastewater from individual houses, units and businesses enters a network of wastewater pipes that ultimately travel to a wastewater treatment facility, where it is processed.
At our 19 wastewater treatment works we treat the wastewater before it is reused or discharged to rivers or oceans in accordance with strict licence conditions issued by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
Our wastewater treatment processes rely on both biological processes and chemical processes to treat wastewater to an acceptable quality for discharge into local waterways or the ocean.
Our treatment processes differ at each site in small ways, but can be broadly split into:
Hunter Water applies a multiple barrier approach to protecting water quality, where water is:
Learn more about our multiple barrier approach.
Water storage levels are updated on our website each week.
Hunter Water’s Drought Management Plan outlines the four stages of water restrictions we would experience if water storage levels in our dams dropped.
The four stages are:
Ban fixed sprinklers and limited hours use of hand held hoses
Same as Stage 1 with use of hand held hoses limited to 2 days per week.
Ban use of mains water for outdoor use.
Complete ban on outdoor use.
Keeping catchments clean is an essential first step in maintaining water quality.
We can all work together to protect water quality.
Stormwater pollutant reduction structures in our stormwater systems include:
These structures help to protect our coastal estuaries and beaches from pollutants such as floating rubbish, oil and organic matter.
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