Headworks water supplies water treatment facilities that are used for treating human waste, such as sewage and stormwater, and also provide drinking water for residents of the city.
They have a total capacity of 300,000 litres per day.
A single headworks is capable of handling about 3 million litres of water a day.
This means it can treat about 3.5 million litres a day of wastewater and about 1.5 billion litres of stormwater.
They also offer water treatment for stormwater runoff, sewage and rainwater, as well as for groundwater.
The headworks operates on a 24-hour schedule, and can be shut down for maintenance or for cleaning.
Headworks operate in seven towns and cities across New South Wales, including Newcastle, Byron Bay and the city of Wentworth, and are owned and operated by the Sydney Water and Wastewater Authority.
They are operated by water treatment plants, which are the same companies that produce and distribute water and sewer treatment facilities.
In 2018, Headworks made an initial $11 million in revenue, according to data from the NSW Government’s Water and Waste Services (WSDSA).
The company was awarded a $20 million water-treatment contract in October 2019, which included a $7 million grant to the WSDSA.
The company said in the statement: “As the NSW water supply becomes increasingly expensive and there is no longer a demand for water treatment services, Headwaters has decided to close its current headworks operations in 2018.”
The WSDA said the company had not made any financial commitments for the future.
“It will continue to operate as normal with the exception of the maintenance contract, and to continue to seek further funding for the headworks business in the future,” the WDSA said in a statement.
The Australian Institute of Water Resources (AIWR) said it was too early to tell whether the headwaters closures would affect water quality.
“While there is a significant investment in the headwakes, there is little evidence that these are having an impact on water quality in Sydney,” AIWR Water and Environmental Research Fellow, Mark Evans, said.
“Washing machines have already been introduced into many Sydney water treatment systems, and there are no signs that these will impact on quality of water in Sydney.”
However, the headwinds are being felt in other parts of NSW, particularly in Sydney’s north, and it is important that water quality continues to improve as a result of the headwave.
“The closure of headworks could have an impact for Sydney’s water quality, particularly for water quality near urban areas.”
He said that it was also possible that headwakings were being reduced to reduce costs for the company.
“In a city where the main water supply is piped from Sydney’s main sewerage and treatment plant, there may be a reduction in headworks’ overall cost of operation, and that may make it more attractive for the firm to continue,” he said.
However, he said that headworks were often operating in the most polluted parts of the City of Sydney, where they treated sewage and treated stormwater for the purposes of water quality testing.
He said there was no evidence that the company was cutting down on waste treatment or pollution, adding that it might be possible to find out by visiting the company’s wastewater treatment facilities and examining the equipment used.
“There are no definitive data to show that the closures have had any effect on water pollution, but it is likely that they have, especially in the north, where some of the facilities are located,” he added.
Mr Evans said that Headworks was already operating in some areas of the South Australian capital city of Adelaide and that they could be shuttered in the coming years.
He added that headwaters could still be able to offer water services for other locations in the region.
“The water treatment of storm water runoff is still part of Headworks’ business plan, and we expect to see them in some parts of South Australia,” he noted.
“We anticipate that they will continue operating in South Australia, and perhaps in the Northern Territory as well.”
Headworks headworks, a public water treatment company, operates in seven Towns and cities in NSW, including New South Welsh, Byron, Wentworth and Newcastle, and is owned and owned by the NSW Water and State Government.
The business was awarded $11.7 million in 2018, with $6.3 million coming from the State Government, with another $5.2 million in funding from the Australian Government.
It was granted a $2 million grant in 2019.
Source: ABC News | Duration: 1min 27sec