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Sydney Water Environment Plan 2008 2013

  1. 1. Environment Plan 2008-2013 Sydney Water’s objectives and actions to manage and improve environmental performance
  2. 2. Environment Plan 2008-2013 Environment Plan Inter-generational and intra-generational equity – reduce the effects of activities on the 2008-2013 environment that the community, now and in the future, relies on to meet its needs and expectations. Introduction Conservation and biological diversity and ecological integrity – manage properties to maintain the range of native plants and animals Sydney Water is committed to protecting public and the health of natural areas. health and the environment in delivering water, wastewater, recycled water and some stormwater Improved valuation and pricing of services to the communities of Sydney, the environmental resources – improve the way Illawarra and the Blue Mountains. we value environmental costs and benefits and use this information when making decisions. Sydney Water’s 2008-13 Environment Plan sets out the objectives, actions and targets required to manage and improve Sydney Water’s In implementing this objective Sydney Water will environmental performance over the next five reduce risks to human health and reduce its years with a focus on the current year 2008-09. impacts on the environment. Sydney Water will Environment Plan actions and targets are prevent pollution by: integrated into Sydney Water’s business reducing the environmental impact of its strategies. Actions and targets are identified and discharges to air, water and land analysed using a risk management framework. The Plan is updated annually and is made publicly minimising the creation of waste available on Sydney Water's website. Programs reducing the use of energy, water and other and targets are reported annually in the Annual materials and substances Report. re-using and recovering energy, water and other materials and substances, where feasible. Objectives Sydney Water’s Environmental Management System (EMS) provides the framework to develop, implement, monitor and review the environmental One of Sydney Water’s objectives is to protect the objectives, actions and targets set in the environment by conducting all operations in Environment Plan. The objectives and targets accordance with the principles of Ecologically drive management programs and commitment to Sustainable Development (ESD). These principles continual improvement in Sydney Water’s are embedded within the Sydney Water environmental performance. Environmental Policy. Precautionary Principle – reduce the chance of serious environmental problems even if we are not sure that these problems will occur. SWEMS0053.V5 Page 2
  3. 3. Environment Plan 2008-2013 operating pressures, which will not only reduce Overview of key initiatives leaks, but will also lower energy use (and greenhouse gas emissions) and reduce risk of system failure through pipe rupture. Sydney Water’s current environmental performance, emerging issues and trends are key Energy Management Plan – Sydney Water’s considerations in the annual review of the Energy Management Plan will see further Environment Plan. Actions and targets have been improvements in energy efficiency including the identified to manage environmental risks and generation of renewable energy with a 2010 priorities. The actions and targets are incorporated target of 60 GWh a year. into corporate and divisional business plans. SewerFix Wet Weather Overflow Abatement Key initiatives identified in Sydney Water’s Program – Significant improvements in 2008-13 Environment Plan are: sewerage system wet weather performance will be achieved for priority sites within the Climate Change Strategy – Sydney Water has Blackwattle Bay and North Sydney areas by a strategy to become carbon neutral by 2020 2010 and in the Queenscliff and Curl Curl for our energy consumption. The first milestone lagoon areas by 2012. will be to reduce emissions by 60 per cent by 2012. Water Quality Research – as algal blooms have the potential to affect drinking water This will be achieved by: quality, Sydney Water and the Sydney producing up to 20 per cent of power needs Catchment Authority are doing research to through renewable cogeneration and mini- better understand and manage potential blue- hydro turbines, green algal blooms in bulk water storages. using energy more efficiently, Contaminated Sites Management Program – using carbon credits generated from water Sydney Water will continue to ensure sites are saving programs. managed in accordance with the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 and Sydney Water Sydney Water’s desalination plant, which will EMS. help secure Sydney’s water supply, will be run with renewable energy. Heritage Strategy – Sydney Water will ensure its heritage assets are managed in accordance Recycled Water Program – Sydney Water will with the NSW Heritage Council Heritage implement projects including: Management Guidelines. the Western Sydney Recycled Water Residuals Strategy – Continue to achieve Initiative (Replacement Flows Project), 100% beneficial reuse of biosolids captured at Rosehill/Camellia Recycled Water Project, Sydney Water treatment plants local recycled water projects, and planning to implement the Recycled Water Program. Water Conservation Program – Sydney Water will continue to deliver water efficiency programs for homes and businesses, water recycling and leak reduction. Active Leak Reduction, Flow Measurement and Pressure Management Programs – Sydney Water will continue to identify and repair leaks in our water systems and repair these leaks. We will also continue to reduce SWEMS0053.V5 Page 3
  4. 4. Environment Plan 2008-2013 Environment Plan 2008-2013 Providing clean, safe drinking water Outcomes Actions Due Target Drinking water is safe and Collaborative research with the Sydney Catchment Jun- 09 Full compliance with Operating meets customers’ Authority to understand and manage potential blue-green Licence for water quality expectations algal blooms in bulk water storages SWEMS0053.V5 Page 4
  5. 5. Environment Plan 2008-2013 Helping develop a water efficient city Outcomes Actions Due Target Water demand does not Ensure Sydney Water’s water efficiency programs are Each year Reduce the per capita quantity of exceed supply implemented through the Demand Management Program water drawn from all sources and reported annual Water Conservation and Recycling (excluding reuse water) to 329 litres per capita per day by 2010-11 Implementation Report Participate in 4 yearly review of the NSW Government Jun-09 Research results on climate change scenarios for future water planning Metropolitan Water Plan by Jun 09 Dec-10 Revised Metropolitan Water Plan released 2010 Support and participate in the NSW Government’s Water Each year Meet Metropolitan Water Plan milestones for Life Education Program Ensure effective environmental management for the Summer 2009-10 Compliance with planning approvals construction and operation of a desalination plant at and regulatory requirements Kurnell Ensure water efficient use at Sydney Water facilities: at Malabar, North Head and Bondi sewage treatment Jun-09 80% reduction plants, reduce the volume of drinking water used for treatment processes from 2003-04 usage rates SWEMS0053.V5 Page 5
  6. 6. Environment Plan 2008-2013 Helping develop a water efficient city Outcomes Actions Due Target ensure all sewage treatment plants (other than Jun-09 At least 85% recycled wastewater Malabar, North Head and Bondi, and storm flow for treatment processes sewage treatment plants at Fairfield, Bellambi and Port Kembla) use at least 85% recycled water for treatment processes audit drinking water efficiency at all sewage treatment Jun-09 Audits copmpleted, water plants (other than Malabar, North Head and Bondi) conservation plans prepared, and and implement findings under a water conservation findings implemented plan at the new Sydney Water head office site at Jun-10 75-80% reduction in drinking water Parramatta, use an onsite water recycling plant to use for the building compared to provide recycled water for toilet flushing, cooling similar non water efficient buildings towers, fire system testing and irrigation Leaks are reduced to the Implement Active Leak Reduction, Flow Measurement Reduce system leaks from the economic level of leakage and Pressure Management programs: drinking water supply system to less than 105 million litres a day by June scan 21 000 km mains/year and repair leaks within Jun-09 2009 time target implement Pressure Management Program (Stage 3) Jun-09 implement Trunk Main Flowmeter Program (Stage 1) Sept-08 implement Trunk Main Flowmeter Program (Stage 2) Jun-10 Recycled water is Deliver the Recycled Water Program: Metropolitan Water Plan target of 70 available in accordance billion litres a year by 2015, and 100 plan to implement the Recycled Water Program Jun-09 with the Metropolitan billion litres a year by 2045 initiatives equivalent to12% of estimated potable Water Plan Recycled demand by 2015 and 17% of the estimated potable Water Program demand by 2045 SWEMS0053.V5 Page 6
  7. 7. Environment Plan 2008-2013 Helping develop a water efficient city Outcomes Actions Due Target implement Stage 1 Western Sydney Recycled Water Jun-10 Initiative (Replacement Flows Project) implement Rosehill/Camellia Recycled Water Project Dec-10 deliver local recycled water projects including the 2015 Hoxton Park Recycled Water Scheme Establish a recycled water community education facility Nov-2010 Facility established at the Western Sydney Recycled Water Plant Work with stakeholders to facilitate stormwater harvesting Jun-09 Opportunities for stormwater from Sydney Water systems harvesting assessed and implemented where feasible SWEMS0053.V5 Page 7
  8. 8. Environment Plan 2008-2013 Contributing to clean beaches, oceans, rivers and harbours Outcomes Actions Due Target Safe healthy waterways Reduce dry weather overflows reaching waterways to meet 2010 Compliance with dry weather Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) overflow targets in the Dry Weather regulatory targets in Sydney Water’s sewerage treatment Overflow Program and specified in system environmental protection licences (EPLs) (Pollution EPLs Reduction Program 200 series) Ensure compliance with all DECC’s targets in EPLs for: STP discharge limits for chemicals, toxicity, load, Each year 100% compliance with EPLs by concentration and discharge volume Sydney Water or its contractors the number of uncontrolled sewage overflows in dry Each year Zero dry weather overflows from weather each financial year sewage pumping stations each year No more than 25,000 properties each year experience an uncontrolled sewage overflow in dry weather from Sydney Water’s system effluent and receiving water quality monitoring Each year Sewage Treatment System programs to provide accurate and timely information Impact Monitoring Program for wastewater planning and operations results analysed and reported annually Ensure compliance with trade waste agreements by: 100% compliance with EPLs (contaminants from customers with managing trade waste to meet environmental and Each year trade waste agreements or permits) other regulations ongoing improvements in industrial and commercial customer compliance with Trade Waste Agreements/Permits SWEMS0053.V5 Page 8
  9. 9. Environment Plan 2008-2013 Contributing to clean beaches, oceans, rivers and harbours Outcomes Actions Due Target protecting the sewerage system and sewage Each year Reduction in the total mass of treatment plants from damage and accelerated substances discharged to sewer corrosion due to harmful substances from trade waste through completion of Effluent sources Improvement Programs (EIP) Implement the Streamwatch Program to educate the Each year Maintain community participation in community on water quality and serve as an early warning Streamwatch and monitoring of 600 system for water quality incidents sites Reduce impact of wet Improve wet weather performance by managing and weather sewage delivering the Wet Weather Overflow Abatement Program: Compliance with system limit overflows on swimming requirements and frequency for wet sites weather overflows within STS Reduce the impact of wet weather sewage overflows licences for priority sites Decreasing trend in number of non- - CBD (Blackwattle Bay) 2010 compliant by-passes from systems - North Sydney (Hay St) Delivery of programs - Northern Beaches (Queenscliff & Curl Curl lagoon) 2012 Priority Sewerage Deliver the Priority Sewerage Program by: Jun-09 Complete by 30 June 2009 Program delivered completing work on the Brooklyn and Dangar Island, Mount Kurring-gai Industrial Area, and Upper Blue Mountains Sewerage Schemes (PSP Stage 1) commencing construction work on the Yellow Jun-09 Commencement of construction by Rock/Angus Banks/Glossodia Sewerage Schemes 30 June 2009 (PSP Stage 2) SWEMS0053.V5 Page 9
  10. 10. Environment Plan 2008-2013 Optimising resource use Outcomes Actions Due Target Reduced carbon footprint Meet objectives of the Climate Change Strategy to achieve: 2010 100% renewable energy used for from operations desalination plant carbon neutrality for the operation of the desalination plant at Kurnell carbon neutrality for energy and electricity Each year 60% reduction in emissions by June consumption by 2020 2012 (and progressive annual targets from 2007-08 onwards) Carbon neutral for energy and electricity by June 2020 Meet the NSW Government’s milestones to reduce emissions: Emissions reduced from building from energy used in buildings energy use to 2000 levels by 2020 2020 by obtaining 4.5 stars environmental performance 1 July 2011 Minimum 4.5 stars environmental rating for energy efficiency and water in buildings performance rating for energy efficiency and water in buildings by 1 July 2011 using ethanol blended fuels in fleet vehicles Each year Increase the use of ethanol blended fuels, where available SWEMS0053.V5 Page 10
  11. 11. Environment Plan 2008-2013 Optimising resource use Outcomes Actions Due Target Meet efficiency targets at Sydney Water major new accommodation sites Parramatta Head Office Jun-09 5 Star environmental performance rating for energy efficiency and Potts Hill Jun-10 water Establish the measurement of Sydney Water’s carbon Sep-08 Incorporate Sydney Water’s carbon footprint and ecological footprint as annual performance footprint and ecological footprint into indicators the Annual Report Meet objectives of the Sydney Water Energy Management Plan to: implement projects that improve energy efficiency and 2010 Projects completed with expected generate renewable energy generation of 60 GWh a year by 2010 comply with all relevant energy related regulations Each year Maintain 100% compliance with: including NSW Government’s Energy Management Policy Energy Efficiency Opportunities Act 2006 SWEMS0053.V5 Page 11
  12. 12. Environment Plan 2008-2013 Optimising resource use Outcomes Actions Due Target Obligations for protection Implement the Botany Wetlands Plan of Management to Each year Botany Wetlands Plan of of flora, fauna and ensure ecosystem integrity and health, and maintain its Management programs heritage met environmental, social and economic values implemented including: sediment and gross pollution, blue green algae, carp eradication and native fish re-stocking, nutrient management, weeds, native vegetation, and bush regeneration and revegetation Implement ecological assessments of Botany wetland Each year Reporting and assessment program health and long term monitoring program for key ecological and water quality outcomes implemented as per Plan of Management Implement Natural Environment Management Program Jun-09 Compliance with relevant Commonwealth and NSW by: legislation, NSW policy and any managing sensitive Sydney Water properties through specific Sydney Water property Environmental Plans commitments relating to protecting facilitating the integration of effective environmental and managing flora and fauna on practices into Sydney Water’s activities Sydney Water owned land Guidelines developed incorporating legislative requirements including Noxious Weeds Act 1993 and Threatened Species Act 1995 Property Environmental Management Plans prepared for the top 140 environmental risk Sydney Water sites SWEMS0053.V5 Page 12
  13. 13. Environment Plan 2008-2013 Optimising resource use Outcomes Actions Due Target Manage Sydney Water’s sites and interests in accordance Each year 100% of land acquisitions and with Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 by: disposals assessed for contamination risks implementing the Contaminated Site Management All known sites documented and Program reported to DECC maintaining contaminated sites database for Sydney Water sites Ensure Sydney Water heritage assets are managed in Each year 80% of State heritage listed sites accordance with the NSW Heritage Council Heritage with Conservation Management Management Guidelines and the Heritage Strategy Plans by June 2009 Implement Stormwater Plans of Management based on a Each year Plans of management implemented total catchment approach for wetlands (Freshwater Creek Wetland, Eve St Wetland) and the Rouse Hill Development Area Waste from operations is Demonstrate continual improvement in waste recycling or Each year 70% of internal construction and minimised or beneficially reuse expressed as a percentage of solid waste generated demolition waste reused or recycled re-used 80% of paper waste recycled in Sydney Water Head Office 60% of office waste recycled in Sydney Water Head Office Incorporate waste minimisation considerations into major Each year All major planning and design planning and design activities activities incorporate waste minimisation strategies SWEMS0053.V5 Page 13
  14. 14. Environment Plan 2008-2013 Optimising resource use Outcomes Actions Due Target By-products re-use is Implement Residuals Strategy by: Each year 100% beneficial use of captured maximised biosolids beneficially using biosolids and grit and screenings captured by sewage treatment plants 100% beneficial use of water filtration residuals beneficially using residuals captured by water filtration plants More than 40% beneficial re-use of STP grit and screenings by June 2010 Manage trade waste to assist Sydney Water’s sewage Each year Meet DECC quality specifications treatment operations to produce biosolids and treated for substances from trade waste wastewater that meets regulatory requirements Customer expectations Deliver planned trade waste education program to Each year Two trade waste & backflow and service delivery are customers, consultants, equipment suppliers and installers, plumbers seminars delivered each aligned and plumbers to address waste prevention, minimisation and year cleaner production Quarterly customer forums delivered Cleaner production brochure mailout to commercial sector SWEMS0053.V5 Page 14
  15. 15. Environment Plan 2008-2013 Serving customers Outcomes Actions Due Target Customer expectations Maintain odour detection and minimisation programs Each year Maintain downward trend in annual and service delivery are number of odour complaints from aligned sewage treatment plants and the reticulation system based on the preceding four-year average Dec-12 Deliver Wastewater Odour Management Strategy Maintain compliance with the Noise Management Code of Each year 100% compliance with the Noise Behaviour under the Sydney Water Environment Management Code of Practice Management System Undertake awareness training sessions with work teams on the Code of Behaviour Customer expectations Assist in a coordinated approach to stormwater Each year Sydney Water representation on and service delivery are management and water sensitive urban design in Sydney by Sydney Stormwater Sustainability aligned participating in the Sydney Stormwater Sustainability Group Group and key Sydney Metro and the Sydney Metro Catchment Management Authority Catchment Management Authority working groups Sydney Water is viewed Educate the community on water quality and water supply Each year Improved average rating of the positively by stakeholders issues overall quality of service delivered and the community by Sydney Water through customer surveys Compliance with planning Implement compliance system for environmental Each year No prosecutions issued to Sydney approval regulatory Water or its contractors under the conditions of approval requirements Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 SWEMS0053.V5 Page 15
  16. 16. Environment Plan 2008-2013 Serving customers Outcomes Actions Due Target Corporate support Ensure contractual environmental risks are identified, Each year Environmental risk assessment services and systems are assessed and managed effectively for all construction and undertaken for each project reliable, efficient and maintenance activities Project audit programs developed effective and carried out in accordance with Sydney Water Environment Management System requirements Contractor environmental performance evaluated on a regular basis SWEMS0053.V5 Page 16
  17. 17. Environment Plan 2008-2013 Developing a safe, capable, committed workforce Outcomes Actions Due Target Staff have the required Review annual environmental training needs as part of Each year Environmental education skills to meet the Sydney Water Training Needs Analysis incorporated into Sydney Water organisation’s needs and training programs Sydney Water attracts and retains skilled people Deliver Environmental Education Program training Each year Training schedule delivered schedule Corporate support Maintain EMS Certification to ISO 14001:2004 6 monthly EMS certified to ISO 14001:2004 services and systems are surveillance audits No major non-conformances from reliable, efficient and external surveillance audits of effective Sydney Water’s EMS SWEMS0053.V5 Page 17
  18. 18. Environment Plan 2008-2013 Being an economically efficient business Outcomes Actions Due Target Effective financial Liaise with the Department of Environment and Climate Each year Financial impacts of environmental management and long Change (DECC) to progress environmental and climate policies are articulated and term sustainability understood change issues Procurement is efficient Improve sustainable practice by completing procurement Jun-09 100% renewable energy used for and prudent arrangements to access and purchase renewable energy to desalination plant operate the desalination plant and associated infrastructure SWEMS0053.V5 Page 18