Frequently asked questions

Hawksbury River at Wisemans Ferry in New South Wales. Image courtesy of DNSW.

We have created some frequently asked questions.

Why do we need a NSW Water Strategy?

A state-wide strategy supports a coordinated and unified approach for the NSW water sector. Water is essential to our health and wellbeing. The recent drought has shown us how vulnerable our water sources can be and we need to better prepare for a future where our water sources will come under even greater stress. This includes being able to respond to changes in water availability, due to both natural variability and climate change.

What is the NSW Water Strategy?

The NSW Water Strategy is a state –wide, high level strategic approach to increase resilience of the state’s water services and resources over the next 20 years. It is one of the many ways the NSW Government is taking action to improve how we share, manage and use water.

It is part of a suite of long-term strategies being developed by the NSW Government.

NSW Water Strategy

What are the outcomes of the NSW Water Strategy?

There are more than 40 actions across seven priority areas focused on improving the security, reliability, quality and resilience of the state’s water resources.

Who developed the NSW Water Strategy?

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment developed the draft NSW Water Strategy based on:

  • community feedback from a range of previous consultation and engagement processes, including consultation on regional water strategies, water sharing plans and water resource plans
  • the findings and recommendations from many inquiries and reviews into water management
  • the experience of the recent drought.

What is the NSW Water Strategy timeline?

15 February – 28 March 2021Public consultationHear views from stakeholders and the community
April – July 2021Finalise the NSW Water StrategyConsolidate feedback on the draft, publish ‘what we heard’ document
July/August 2021Publish final strategyPublish final strategy and implementation plan
OngoingEvaluate and adaptOngoing evaluation of implementation and adaption of the strategy as circumstances change