Every day millions of litres of water are pumped from the water supply system to people’s homes.
One third of the water is used outdoors, and the rest is used inside – for washing, cleaning, showering, cooking and flushing the toilet.
But where does all this water go once it disappears down the drains, pipes and plugholes in our home?
In urban areas the wastewater, or sewage, is pumped to the local sewage treatment plant, where water is treated so it can be returned to the water cycle.
MidCoast Water Services operates 15 sewage treatment plants across the Manning, Great Lakes and Gloucester areas
These plants range in size, from big plants such as the Forster Sewage Treatment Plant and Dawson Sewage Treatment Plant to smaller facilities for communities such as Manning Point, Stroud and Harrington.
All our sewage treatment plants treat water to a tertiary level and operate under licence from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) which sets standards for the treated water returned to the environment from the plant.
Over recent years many of MidCoast Water Services' sewage treatment plants have been upgraded to provide a higher level of treatment and to be able to cope with growing populations – particularly in coastal areas.
We are also continually investigating expanding sewerage services to smaller villages, particularly those in environmentally sensitive areas.
Here is a three minute video explaining how our sewer system works: