Sydney Water has committed to obtaining an Infrastructure Sustainability Council (ISC) rating (v2.1) for Stage 1 of the Upper South Creek (USC) project. To ensure this is achieved, we have directed the project’s delivery contractor consortium (John Holland, TRILITY, GHD, Jacobs and Tract) to gain a minimum Gold rating (but aspiring to achieve Platinum) for design and built IS certifications. Targeting an ISC rating for the project is aligned with Sydney Water’s organisational vision and strategic outcomes for ‘Thriving, Liveable and Sustainable Cities’ as well its Strategic Blueprint – Resource Recovery and Circular Economy.
Additionally, Sydney Water intends to achieve net carbon-zero emissions for Sydney Water by 2030 and for its supply chain by 2040. This is evidence that maximising sustainability performance is a focus for all Sydney Water’s major infrastructure projects. Using sustainability benchmark ratings, such as the ISC rating, supports the realisation and measurement of these sustainability outcomes and the organisation’s net zero aspirations. We anticipate the USC project will serve as a model for all future Sydney Water major projects.
Sydney Water is developing a modern, sustainable, and highly automated AWRC and circular economy hub in Kemps Creek in Western Sydney. Located at the junction of Kemps Creek and South Creek, the Upper South Creek AWRC will produce advanced quality recycled water suitable for release to the Nepean River in line with the Hawkesbury-Nepean nutrient removal framework. The AWRC Foundation Plant will treat wastewater and produce high-quality water (close to drinking water standard) with flexibility to supply recycled water to future local customers, including residential, commercial and agriculture users in the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Growth Area (WSAGA) and South West Growth Area (SWGA).