Read the draft Greater Sydney Water Strategy

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Draft strategy and background information

A thriving Greater Sydney depends on the region having safe, secure and resilient water, wastewater, stormwater and recycled water sources and services.

The NSW Government is responding to these challenges by developing the Greater Sydney Water Strategy, which provides key priorities, actions and a strategic direction to secure our water supply for the next 20-40 years.

In the last few years, unpredictable climate events including extended droughts and severe floods have created uncertainty. We also know that Greater Sydney’s population is forecast to grow by more than 1 million people by 2036. The draft strategy addresses these challenges and highlights the need for an enduring water supply that will ensure we have enough water even in times of drought and to cater for growth.

As well as enhanced water security and resilience, a core focus of the strategy is better integrating water planning with how we plan for growth so that Greater Sydney’s waterways and natural environment are protected and our use of water supports recreation activities, cooling and greening initiatives, and urban places with high levels of amenity.

The draft strategy is relevant to a wide range of people and interests, including First Nations and Aboriginal people, the broader community and local government. We are now seeking feedback from interested and affected stakeholders.

Draft Greater Sydney Water Strategy

Download the draft Greater Sydney Water Strategy

Fact sheets

For more information about the draft Greater Sydney Water Strategy, please read our fact sheets below:

Translated fact sheets

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Telephone interpreting services are available

The Greater Sydney Water Strategy contains important information about the NSW Government’s future water priorities and actions. If you need an interpreter, please call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and ask the interpreter to call us on (02) 9842 8439. The interpreter will then help you with interpretation.


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