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NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
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A safe, secure and sustainable water supply is essential to maintaining the health, prosperity and wellbeing of Greater Sydney’s growing population.


The Water and Utilities Branch leads the development of strategic water policy and planning for Greater Sydney (including the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra), on behalf of the NSW Government.


This includes:

  • implementing the current Metropolitan Water Plan
  • planning to meet the needs of a growing population
  • maintaining NSW-wide water regulation and licensing under the Water Industry Competition Act 2006
  • drought planning and management
  • supporting the water rebate scheme


More broadly, we also advise on urban water policy and reforms for NSW. We engage with the community, industry and other government agencies to understand the factors shaping water supply and demand, as well as our stakeholders’ values and preferences.


These insights inform our approach to water policy and help us to deliver socio-economic and environmental benefits that support more liveable communities.


Water management in regional and rural NSW

The Department of Industry is responsible for water policy and planning in regional and rural NSW and The Hon Niall Blair MLC is the Minister for Regional Water. Find out more about water management outside of Greater Sydney.


How we work with stakeholders

Managing our most precious resource requires a collaborative approach from a range of stakeholders across government, industry and the community. We work closely with Water NSW and Sydney Water to manage our water supplies, and we seek independent technical and strategic advice from the Sydney Drought Committee and the Independent Water Advisory Panel (IWAP).


Government and Industry Stakeholders

Minister for Energy and Utilities NSW Government Minister for Water and Utilities Branch
Water NSW Manages and protects the Greater Sydney drinking water catchment and supplies water to Sydney Water, local councils and other water distributors.
Sydney Water Provides water, wastewater, recycled water and some stormwater services to Sydney, the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains.
Sydney Drought Committee Advises the NSW Government on Sydney drought management strategies.
Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) IPART provides independent regulatory decisions and advice.


Sydney Water
Hunter Water
Water NSW

Department of Industry (for information on water supply and planning in regional and rural NSW)


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Page last updated: 26/06/2020