Sydney Water Looks to Privatize Wastewater Treatment
Water Minister Kevin Humphries has consistently rejected claims the government wants to privatise the state-owned Sydney Water, including wastewater plants, despite the government’s support for the sale or long-term lease of assets to fund infrastructure projects. But NSW Labor pointed to recent moves to offload parts of Hunter Water to the private sector, including the operation of treatment plants, warning that Sydney Water is next in line.
The discussion paper found private sector participation in treating Sydney’s wastewater had “no clear business case” if it involved existing plants. But it said Sydney Water should look more broadly at private involvement, including new sewage plants in growth areas and services such as water supply.