A NSW Government website


Our department is responsible for surface and groundwater management including ensuring water security for NSW.

About us

Learn more about what we do and our current consultation sessions.

Science, data and modelling

Water is a limited resource and must be managed both for immediate needs and for long-term economic and environmental sustainability.

Basins and catchments

Playing an important role in researching and reporting on river, groundwater and catchment health.


Stay up to date with our latest media releases.

Water projects in NSW

This map shows initiatives that are either completed, committed to or being investigated as part of the NSW Water Strategy.

It shows how we are working in partnership across the water sector at all levels of government to invest in water infrastructure and service improvements.

Important information

Compliance with the Sustainable Diversion Limit MDBA have published the compliance outcomes for the 19/20 water year.

For more information please visit Tracking surface water extraction against extraction limits.


NSW water strategy

A 20-year state-wide strategy to improve the security of our water resources.

Hanging Rock Lookout overlooking Shoalhaven River at Nowra, New South Wales. Image courtesy of DNSW.

Greater Sydney Water Strategy

The draft strategy is now on public exhibition until 8 November 2021.

Sydney CBD on an Autumn day.

Public information sessions

Upcoming meetings, exhibitions, and other public engagement activities.

Aerial overlooking the beautiful town of Moree, NSW.

Menindee Lakes cultural significance

Find out why the Menindee Lakes and Darling River (the Baaka) are so culturally important to the Barkindji people.

Our work

Water Infrastructure NSW

Leading the development and delivery of key government water infrastructure projects and programs across the state.

Menindee Lakes Weir

Healthy floodplains program

Reforming the management of floodplains through the development of plans and licensing of harvesting water extractions.

Gwydir wetlands in northern New South Wales.


Responsible for the enforcement of water laws in NSW through licensing, monitoring compliance and education.

NRAR staff inspecting water pump.

Regional water strategies

Delivering healthy and resilient water resources for a liveable and prosperous regional NSW.

Sandy beach by Macquarie River, Dubbo. Image courtesy of Destination NSW.

Water sharing plans

The primary tool to define water-sharing plans in your region.

Coonancoocabil Lagoon MIA 11 Murrumbidgee Valley National Park

WaterInsights portal

Providing comprehensive information about how water is managed and shared in NSW.

WaterNSW insights portal

Basins and catchments

Playing an important role in researching and reporting on river, groundwater and catchment health.

Aerial of the Great Artesian Basin, NSW.

Water utilities

Regulating and supporting regional NSW’s local water utilities to provide safe, secure and sustainable water supply and sewage services.

Safe and Secure Water Program

Environmental water hub

Find out everything you need to know about water for the environment.

Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii) juvenile.