About the draft Greater Sydney Water Strategy

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Greater Sydney Water Strategy

The NSW Government is developing the Greater Sydney Water Strategy, which charts a direction for delivering sustainable and resilient water services to Greater Sydney for the next 20 to 40 years, servicing a growing Greater Sydney, including the Illawarra and Blue Mountains, and safeguarding our city even in times of prolonged drought and extreme weather events. The strategy sets out priorities and actions for the delivery of water, wastewater, recycled water and stormwater services into the future in a way that is integrated with land use planning. The strategy will:

  • Support economic growth and community wellbeing by providing confidence in the sustainability of Greater Sydney’s water supply to meet growth and adapt to a changing climate to 2040 and beyond
  • Support delivery of the Greater Sydney Region Plan—A Metropolis of Three Cities and the Premier’s priorities for greening the city
  • Identify the strategic pathways for decision making in consultation with customers and the community
  • Set the pathways to identify highest economic value and most affordable investment portfolios for water infrastructure.

Watch this video to find out more about the draft Greater Sydney Water Strategy.

Long-term water strategies

The Greater Sydney Water Strategy is part of a suite of long-term water strategies including 12 regional and two metropolitan water strategies which set out the approach to maintaining and building the resilience of the state’s water resources, including in response to climate variability and change.

How the NSW Water Strategy and regional and metropolitan water strategies interact

If you have questions about the Greater Sydney Water Strategy, please email us at greatersydney.waterstrategy@dpie.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 081 047.


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