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Plans and programs

Current plans and programs underway for NSW water resources.

Aboriginal Communities Water and Sewerage Program

Improving the standard of water and sewerage services provided to 63 Aboriginal communities in NSW.

Namatjira raw water tank.

Aboriginal Water Program

Securing a future where water for Aboriginal people is embedded within the water planning and management approach in NSW.

Aboriginal water programs

Coastal Floodplain Drainage Project

A project to improve the rules for managing coastal agricultural drainage works in NSW.

A major drain servicing multiple properties.

Floodplain management

The department regulates floodplain harvesting through licensing, measurement and management.

Greater Sydney Water Strategy

The NSW Government has developed the Greater Sydney Water Strategy, which charts a direction for delivering sustainable and resilient water

View of Sydney from a helicopter.

Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme

The scheme was built to protect life and property from the impacts of flooding to the Hunter community.

New England Highway and rail line, East Maitland

Improved regulations for joint private works schemes

We are working with joint private works schemes to deliver clearer, simpler rules and regulations for schemes

Groundwater bore.

Prospect Reservoir recreation opportunities

We are committed to identifying ways to allow recreation at Prospect Reservoir. Consultation is now closed.

Aerial of Prospect Reservoir, Prospect.

Metropolitan water plans in NSW

Our two metropolitan water plans provide Sydney and the Lower Hunter with more sustainable and resilient water supplies.

Bridge over the Never Never River in Bellingen.

Northern Basin Connectivity Program

Improving water flowing across connected catchments at important times to improve downstream outcomes.

Wilcannia Weir

NSW Groundwater Strategy

In a first for NSW, we have developed a long-term strategy to better protect and share the state’s vital groundwater resources.

NSW Water Strategy

A 20-year state-wide strategy to improve the security of our water resources.

Sun setting over hanging rock at Shoalhaven River, NSW.

Regional water strategies program

Sustainable and integrated water resource management for the benefit of present and future generations.

Sandy beach by Macquarie River, Dubbo. Image courtesy of Destination NSW.

Snowy Scheme

The department is responsible for facilitating and regulating Snowy Hydro Limited’s operation of the Snowy scheme in line with the Snowy

Mount Kosciuszko summit walk river flowing over stones - Image credit: Georgia McKeon DPE

Town Water Risk Reduction Program

A two-year program working together with the sector to identify long-term solutions to the key barriers facing local water utilities.

Yanda campground and Darling River.

Water Efficiency Program

Water is critical to the health, resilience, liveability and economic sustainability of regional and metropolitan communities.

Save water.

Water resource plans

Water resource plans must be prepared and submitted for assessment to meet our commitment to the Commonwealth's Basin Plan.

Murray Darling Junction, Wentworth.

Water sharing plans

Water sharing plans are a statutory obligation under the Water Management Act 2000.

The redgum trees on the banks of the River Murray in Tooleybuc, New South Wales.