Helping Protect the Water in Sydney Harbour

Home to the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Sydney Harbour is perhaps Australia’s most internationally recognised scenic view. Loved by locals and tourists alike, the water is an ongoing source of attraction. Above it is a highway to the army of green and yellow public ferries, and below, a visual symphony of spectacular aquatic and plant life. Over 580 species of fish live in Sydney Harbour, as well the cheeky long-nosed fur seals often seen lounging along its shores.

A snap of a fur seal snoozing on the steps of Sydney Opera House

Yet the waters of this Australian landmark are under threat. Pollution, excess nutrients and hydrocarbons are being washed into Sydney Harbour, turning this once coveted tourist spot into a Olympic sized swimming pool of waste.

The cigarette butts we thoughtlessly toss from the car window, the fertilizer on our front lawn, and of course the metals and chemicals emitted from our cars, boats and jet skis, all find themselves in our stormwater drains after a heavy afternoon storm. Where does this stormwater end up? In the once pristine rivers, oceans and harbours we enjoy.

In late 2020, at a petrol station site overlooking Sydney Harbour, SPEL installed a Puraceptor. This lightweight fibreglass tank captures and contains hydrocarbons from potentially dangerous spills and leaks, preventing them from entering the stormwater system and ultimately the precious waters of Sydney Harbour. Its uniquely designed chamber system makes it suitable for a wide range of applications including petrol and re-fuelling stations, asphalt plants, power stations, substations and switchyards, and mining sites.

Click here to learn more about SPEL Puraceptor and its capabilities.

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