Statutory review of the Water NSW Act 2014

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is conducting a five-year statutory review of the Water NSW Act 2014 (the Act). The review will help determine whether the Act is effective and whether it enables WaterNSW to deliver water in an efficient and safe manner.

About the Act

The Act establishes WaterNSW and sets out its objectives and functions. The Act enables WaterNSW to capture, store and deliver bulk water to customers across the State and to manage Greater Sydney’s drinking water catchment.

WaterNSW’s customers include irrigators and water utilities such as regional councils and Sydney Water. It does not provide drinking quality water direct to customers.

WaterNSW was created to bring together expertise on water quality, bulk water asset management and catchment management. By doing so, one of its aims was to improve quality and efficiency of services. Another purpose was to improve the government’s ability to anticipate, plan and react to water-quality issues and environmental concerns, such as droughts and floods.

WaterNSW’s main objectives are to:

  • Capture, store and release water in an efficient, effective, safe and financially responsible manner
  • Supply water in compliance with appropriate standards of quality
  • Ensure that declared catchment areas and water management works in such areas are managed and protected so as to promote water quality, the protection of public health and public safety, and the protection of the environment
  • Provide for the planning, design, modelling and construction of water storages and other water management works
  • Maintain and operate its works efficiently and economically and in accordance with sound commercial principles.

Download the issues paper (PDF 1.2 MB) on the Act and for specifics regarding the Act, visit NSW legislation.

Have your say

Public submissions closed on Wednesday 30 September 2020. Thank you to all individuals and organisations who provided feedback on the Water NSW Act Review.

Next steps

The department is currently reviewing all the submissions. Further updates will be available from this page.