Wastewater

Wastewater to get a second life under city recycling plan

Aaron Cook Turn on a tap for a drink, water a garden, or flush a toilet in inner Sydney and the water you use is probably all of the same quality.

Santos outlines environmental risks of Narrabri CSG project

Photograph shows Ted Borowski, a Coonamble grazier and farmer who today locked himself to the axle of a heavy articulated vehicle, bringing to a standstill a convoy of several vehicleds from enterining the Pilliga State Forest near Narrabri in the states North West. SantosTaken monday 3rd March 2014.

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Peter Hannam Santos’s Narrabri Gas Project has the potential to affect groundwater through leakage, cross-contamination and subsidence, according to the company’s preliminary environment assessment.

Water treatment plant failed, despite deluge planning

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Peter Hannam The water treatment plant that failed after Monday's deluge, prompting Sydney Water to appeal to about 250,000 households to cut back on water use, was examined for just such an event last year.

Waste-water spill at Santos CSG plant

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Saffron Howden The Environment Protection Authority is investigating a 500-litre spill from a coal seam gas operation at the Pilliga forest in north-western NSW.

Sydney residents asked to curb water use after heavy rainfall

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Peter Hannam Residents in Sydney’s south-west have been asked to avoid using dishwashers and washing machines to conserve drinking water supplies after heavy storms forced the shutdown of a major filtration plant.

Warning issued after sewage flows into Georges River

Georges River.

Peter Hannam Residents along the Georges River are being advised to avoid all contact with the river for at least another 48 hours after the overflow of untreated sewage from an up-river treatment plant.

Georges River health alert extended until the weekend

Georges River

Peter Hannam Residents along the Georges River are being advised to avoid all contact with the river for at least another three days as crews continue to clean up after a major spill of sewage last weekend.

Making a stink about Georges River overflows

Salt Pan Creek at Padstow Heights, Sydney.

Peter Hannam Foul odours and polluted swimming sites and wetlands are becoming commonplace in parts of the Georges River catchment, with a dozen sewage discharge points operating in excess of licensed levels.

Coogee beach: Increased stink of sewage getting up residents' noses

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Peter Hannam Coogee residents want answers from Sydney Water about an increase in pumping from sewerage pits that regularly emit foul smells over a large area of the north end of the popular beach.

Bankstown residents accuse Sydney Water over sewage overflow plan

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Peter Hannam A plan by Sydney Water to shift its sewage overflow problem up the Georges River is "a disgrace" that treats Bankstown residents "like second-class citizens", mayor Khal Asfour said.

'Raw sewage' flowed at Malabar after 2012 earthquake in Melbourne

Malabar Beach which continues to have pollution problems.

An earthquake nearly a thousand kilometres away caused 63 million litres of sewage to flow at a popular Sydney surf spot, a NSW parliamentary budget estimates hearing has been told.

Malabar cleans up act as northern beaches sink

Boat Harbour: 041013: Sun Herald News: 4th of October 2013: Beach goers take a casual stroll along the shore at Boat Harbour near Sydney's Cronulla Beach. Water quality has been subject to high levels of pollution in recent studies. Photo by James Alcock.

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Kirsty Needham Swimming at Malabar, once Sydney's most maligned beach, is now as safe as swimming at Dee Why.

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Out of sight, out of mind: groundwater in peril

Dripping tap

A doubling of Australia's population in coming decades combined with the crippling effects of future droughts means there will not be enough drinking water by the middle of this century if...

Countries hone positions for Doha climate talks

In just under three weeks, representatives from just under 200 countries will go to Doha, Qatar, for the annual UN climate change talks.

US water system under stress, firms warn

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Leaks and investment delays threaten the US water system, exposing the value of a commodity that in short supply disrupts businesses, according to a web campaign.

Queensland government approves massive reef resort

Great Keppel Island

Miranda Forster A massive new Great Barrier Reef resort is another step closer to being built after the Queensland government approved the plans.

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Plastic fibres an increasing threat to marine environment, study shows

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Deborah Smith SYNTHETIC clothing could be a significant source of tiny pieces of plastic that are accumulating in the marine environment, a study shows.

Christchurch suburbs turn liquid

Liquefaction

A number of Christchurch residents want their neighbourhood to be condemned, as liquefaction following Friday's earthquake forced another clean-up.

Frightening night as tremors continue to rock Christchurch

Christchurch

Prime Minster John Key is urging quake-hit Christchurch residents not to give up hope and leave the city permanently.