PROVIDING ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH BENEFITS TO SOUTH-WESTERN SYDNEY SUBURBS
Cronulla Wastewater Treatment Plant serves about 210,000 people in the communities of the Cronulla-Sutherland Peninsula, including Sylvania, Como, Menai and Heathcote.
In January 1999, SUEZ (operating as ‘Australian Water Services’ at the time) was part of the $90 million design, build and operate contract with Bovis Lend Lease to upgrade on behalf of Sydney Water the treatment process at the environmentally-sensitive wastewater plant. The project involved amplifying and upgrading the treatment process from primary treatment to tertiary treatment in order to better serve the community.
SUEZ took over operations of the plant one year before commissioning, for a 3-year period, then, in April 2003, handed management of the plant to Sydney Water, with 100% compliance on all contractual obligations including process performance, operating cost verification and training of the future operations team.
Cronulla Wastewater Treatment Plant has the capacity to treat 52 megalitres of wastewater per day in dry weather. As an added benefit three megalitres of treated effluent is available for use as recycled water each day.
The plant is providing far-reaching environmental and health benefits, such as improved water quality at Cronulla's local beaches and Bate Bay, and meeting the sanitation needs of the growing population.