Swimming in healthy local waterways is the future that we're bringing to life through Urban Plunge, an exciting Sydney Water project. Urban Plunge has been designed to accelerate the delivery of more swimming and recreation opportunities in the rivers, creeks, lakes and inlets of our cities and suburbs.
Urban Plunge Sydney needs partners, technology, processes and investment to support opening new swimming sites. Your organisation's support will make it easier and more cost-effective for government, the private sector and the community to deliver on this bold vision for Sydney, the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains. To find out more about partnering in Urban Plunge, email email@example.com.
Water is at the heart of creating green and connected places, and we have a strong cultural connection to water. Making it possible to swim in rivers has the capacity to transform amenity, recreation, health and enterprise across Greater Sydney. That's what Urban Plunge is about. Our ambition is to support local councils, government agencies and private enterprise to open new swimming sites throughout Greater Sydney. We recently partnered with the City of Sydney to open a new harbourside swim site, and we're looking for new partners to join the movement.
Urban Plunge builds on and expands work that's been delivered on the Parramatta River. Through our partnership with the Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG) over more than a decade, it's been possible to safely and swiftly open new recreational areas to swim, splash and play in. There are now 4 swimmable areas in the Parramatta River, and many more are on the way.
RiverWatch, established in 2019, is Sydney Water's recreational water quality monitoring and reporting program. It supports councils and government agencies to open new swim sites, and provides ongoing monitoring and support once sites are open.
RiverWatch helps us measure and report on recreational water quality at swimming and kayaking locations. It provides real-time advice on daily and forecast suitability, and information on long-term water quality trends.
Our expertise in water quality modelling and monitoring through Sydney Water Monitoring Services, our National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited lab services, together with our network of technology partners means we can help local councils, agencies and developers open new swimming sites faster.
Naturally, RiverWatch will support Urban Plunge. It will be providing real-time swim site data in 2022. Feel free to email us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: 25 November 2022
Location: Parramatta Square and online
Time: Full-day event – exhibition opens at 8:30am
The Urban Plunge Tech Summit 2022 is an industry-based event showcasing techniques and innovations that can make swimming and aquatic recreation in our waterways easier, cheaper and safer to deliver. The Tech Summit is a highlight of the 2022 Sydney Water Innovation Festival program.
For further information and to get involved, email email@example.com.
Applications are open for the 2022–23 round of the NSW Government Places to Swim program, with $10 million of funding for projects across the whole of NSW. Applications close at 4pm, 21 November 2022.
Funding opportunities include:
Find out about successful projects from the 2021–22 grant program, and the new round of grants.
Councils throughout Greater Sydney can contact us for advice on:
We can help you navigate the approvals processes and have experts on hand to advise on requirements for water quality monitoring. Find out more about the Urban Plunge offer.