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Site Tours - Friday, 19 May

Optional site tours have been selected to complement the Ozwater'17 sessions. These special tours are available to Ozwater full and day delegates only.

To book your place on a tour, simply select the option when registering online for Ozwater.

Please note the timings shown below are approximate. If booking flights at the conclusion of the technical tour, allow extra time in case of unexpected delays.

Tour One – CRONULLA WWTP

Tour one courtesy of Sydney Water

Time: 8.45am – 1:30pm

Capacity: 30 delegates

Tour duration: 4.75 hours

Come behind the scenes and see how we use the latest technology to treat wastewater and keep our rivers and beaches clean. The Cronulla Wastewater Treatment Plant treats over 50 million litres of wastewater every day in a rapidly growing community. Learn how we’re becoming better neighbours by managing odour, re-using our by-products, and turning waste into energy. You’ll see our exciting new Food Waste to Energy Project, the first of its scale in Australia. We’ll show you how we’re using fruit and vegetable waste from local businesses to help produce enough renewable energy to supply over 60% of the plant’s energy 

Tour Requirements:

All participants must wear sturdy, fully enclosed, flat soled shoes (no open shoes such as sandals, thongs or ballet flats).We strongly recommend participants wear long sleeves and long pants, well-fitting hats and sunscreen. Participants must be physically able to climb stairs, walk at heights and on uneven surfaces for up to one hour.The tour is outdoors with very little shade

Schedule: 

Delegates to meet at 8.45am at the International Conference Centre (ICC), coach will depart at 9.00am and will arrive at 10.00am, to commence tour at 10.15am.  Estimated arrival time at Sydney Airport is 1.00pm and then the coach will then continue to ICC, arriving at approximately 1:30pm.

Costs:

AWA Member: $45.00

Non Member: $65.00

Read more about the Cronulla WWTP 

Sludge-and-vegies biogas brew pushes up the power level at Sydney Water

Like a giant human stomach, the anaerobic digesters at the Cronulla Wastewater Treatment Plant in Sydney produce solids and gas. Unlike a giant human stomach, the gas is put to good use fuelling a generator which contributes electricity to power the plant.

Tour Two - TANK STREAM

Please note there are 3 departure times for the TANK STREAM technical tour.

Tour two courtesy of Sydney Water

Tour Departure Times: 9.00am, 10.00am, 11.00am

Capacity: 16 delegates per tour time

Sydney Water invites you to discover Sydney, underground! The Tank Stream is a subterranean link to our past and the beginning of our city. It was the first drinking water supply for the colony and is now part of our urban stormwater system. Your tour will take you through layers of our engineering past to explore this amazing part of Sydney’s history. The tour runs for about 1 hour. It includes an induction, a presentation in the Tank Stream visitor room, 30 minutes in the Tank Stream tunnel and an evaluation. You will see a 60-metre section of the Tank Stream that dates between 1789 and 1965. The Tank Stream is of national importance as the first and main source of fresh water for the first NSW penal settlement.

Tour requirements:

The Tank Stream is part of an active stormwater drain, which means we must take some special safety precautions. Sydney Water will look after your safety by monitoring weather, air quality and water flow in the tunnel.  The following terms and conditions apply to the Tank Stream tour:

  • The Tank Stream is a confined space. It is not suitable for those with serious health issues, limited mobility or uncomfortable in confined spaces.
  • You must be able to climb a ladder and spend extended periods squatting or stooping.
  • Before entering the Tank Stream you must attend a safety induction and confirm you are fit and capable of participating in the tour. Long pants and long sleeves must be worn. No skirts or dresses.
  • Sydney Water will provide protective equipment that must be worn on the tour. Please bring a pair of socks.
  • Before entering the Tank Stream you must attend a safety induction and confirm you are fit and capable of participating in the tour.
  • Tours may be cancelled on the day of the event or 24 hours prior if rain occurs or is forecast or toxic gas levels become dangerous. You will be notified if this is the case.
  • You will be able to leave personal items safely in the visitor room

Schedule: 

Delegates to meet 15 minutes prior to their tour departure time at a the corner of Hamilton Street and Curtin Place, Sydney (look for the Sydney Water Tank Stream banners located on the steps of Australia Square). Refer to map here.

Costs:

AWA Member:$50.00

Non Member: $70.00

Tour Five - PROSPECT WATER FILTRATION PLANT

Tour five courtesy of SUEZ

Time: 8.30am - 1.00pm

Capacity: 20 delegates

Tour duration: 4.50 hours

Prospect Water Filtration Plant, managed by SUEZ Australia and New Zealand, is one of the main water supply facilities in New South Wales. The plant supplies safe drinking water to 85% of Sydney’s residents.  The plant operates 24-hours a day, seven days a week, filtering up to three billion litres of water per day.

Along with producing high quality water that meets the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, the plant continues to reduce its environmental footprint through innovations to reduce chemical and energy consumption, recycle water and recover and reuse sludge.

Building on a 25-year partnership with Sydney Water, SUEZ was awarded a fourteen year extension to its operations and maintenance contract at Prospect Water Filtration Plant from 2021 to 2035.

Tour requirements: 

All participants must wear long sleeves, trousers and closed and flat soled shoes (no open shoes such as sandals, thongs or ballet flats). High visibility vests, standard safety glasses and safety helmets will be supplied for the tour. 

Schedule:

Delegates to meet at 8.30am at the International Conference Centre (ICC), coach will depart at 8.45am and will arrive at 9.45am, to commence tour at 10.00am. Estimated arrival time at Sydney Airport is 12.30pm and then the coach will then continue to ICC, arriving at approximately 1.00pm.

Costs:

AWA Member: $45.00

Non Member: $65.00

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