Water is a limited resource and must be managed both for immediate needs and for long-term economic and environmental sustainability. With the effects of climate change, and increasing demands for water, sound policies are required to ensure a sustainable supply of water for present and future generations.
Our water comes from rivers, streams, and lakes (surface water) and water held under the ground in aquifers (groundwater). DPI Water is responsible for the strategic management of the State's freshwater resources. This involves:
- setting water policy
- developing statutory water sharing plans
- negotiating interstate and national water agreements
- determining how available water is allocated to water users, particularly during times of drought
- assessing the ecological health of our aquatic ecosystems.
In NSW fresh water resources are managed via water sharing plans under the Water Management Act 2000.
Water sharing planning follows a cyclic pattern: planning; implementation, then monitoring and evaluation, returning to further planning and repeat of the cycle.
Once planning is completed and the water sharing plan commences, implementation of the plan occurs.
Prior to expiry of the ten year term of a water sharing plan, the plan is reviewed to determine whether it should be extended or replaced.
for a list of water sharing plans on public exhibition, go to Plans on exhibition.
For a list of all commenced water sharing plans go to Plans commenced.
To find out about the review process for water sharing plans and to view a table outlining the schedule for the remake of already commenced water sharing plans go to Plans under review.
DPI Water also works with partner agencies and with the community to provide a reliable, sustainable supply of water for households, irrigators, farmers, industry and the environment.
WaterNSW operates the major rural dams across NSW. Water supplies to households are the responsibility of local water utilities across most of NSW and State-owned Corporations in the major metropolitan centres.