Sydney Water fined for fish kill

ACCORDING to the NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers, Sydney Water has been ordered to pay $347,000 plus legal costs by the NSW Environment Protection Authority after a fish kill at Homebush’s Powell Creek, Arnotts Reserve, Parramatta River in 2021.

Three to five million litres of untreated sewage flowed into the creek at Homebush and the Parramatta River after an eroded sewer pipe ruptured, leading to a major fish kill.

The creek and a nearby reserve had to be closed to the public for several weeks.

NSW Environment Protection Authority executive director Steve Beaman said the incident occurred from a break in a Sydney Water main pipe which had eroded in early 2021.

Sydney Water has been ordered to pay $347,100 for remedial works at Sydney Olympic Park and the Mason Park Wetlands at Homebush. They also have been ordered to pay the EPA’s legal costs of about $28,000.

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