St Mary’s Wastewater gets $42m network upgrade

Trevor Mondon, Sydney Water Principle Project Manager (LEFT) and Paul Smith, Construction Manager, West Region Delivery Team (RIGHT) at the newly upgraded St Mary’s Wastewater pumping station.

Sydney Water is proud to announce its $42 million network upgrade to the St Mary’s Wastewater pumping station is almost complete.

The network capacity upgrades began in August 2020. It is paramount to servicing the rapidly growing population in the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment.

The St Marys wastewater system currently caters for approximately 161,500 people. That population is set to increase by about 20,000 individuals by the end of 2023 and 67,000 by 2036.

The St Marys Growth Amplification project involves several critical improvements, including installing a one-kilometre-long pressure main, power supply improvements to ensure continued operation during power outages, emergency storage upgrades to provide an additional four hours of capacity during power outages and a boost to pumping capacity.

The pumping capacity of the St Mary’s Wastewater Pumping Station is 900 litres per second. This has more than doubled, with the site now pumping 1,900 litres per second. The new pumps will be powerful enough to fill an entire Olympic swimming pool in under 22 minutes.

Sydney Water Principal Project Manager, Trevor Mondon, believes the upgrades will help future-proof the region for years.

“Sydney Water is not just about building critical infrastructure, but ensuring they are constantly upgraded to meet customer needs,” Mondon said.

“Delivery of this project demonstrates Sydney Water’s commitment to supporting growth and service demand whilst ensuring no deterioration to the environment and public health,” Mondon said.

The St Mary’s Wastewater Pumping Station (WPS) operational upgrade will be complete by May 2023.

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