Economic and social value of improved water quality at Sydney’s coastal beaches | The Insight Files |

Deloitte Access Economics has released a report for Sydney Water that focuses on the economic and social value generated from improvements in water quality. Coastal beaches are an iconic part of Sydney's identity and a defining feature of the Sydney lifestyle. This study considered five potential benefits and contributions of beaches, and cleaner water, to society.


  1. Value for Sydney residents.
  2. Biodiversity benefits.
  3. Tourism and business contribution.
  4. Health benefits.
  5. Contributions to Sydney's iconic brand.


Overall, the research suggests that significant economic and social value is attributable to the improved water quality at Sydney's coastal beaches as a result of wastewater management activities. Click here to download the report.