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Our work

Find out about the work the department is responsible for.

Wetlands Sunset, Mid Murray River.

Information on water allocations and availability in New South Wales.

The Murray River at Moama in New South Wales.

The department regulates floodplain harvesting through licensing, measurement and management.

Before you use, take, or trade water, or start work on waterfront land in NSW, you must obtain all necessary licences and approvals.

The department oversees the delivery of water and sewerage services by local water utilities, as well as the management of water service risks.

The NSW Government is committed to implementing a robust metering framework to improve the standard and coverage of non-urban water meters across NSW. This is an important step in helping to build community confidence in how the state’s water is managed.

Barrington Falls, Barrington Tops National Park - Image credit: John Spencer

The department prepares and consults on a range of plans and strategies to plan and manage the water needs of NSW.

Never Never River, Bellingen - Image credit: Mel Bradbury

Current projects and programs underway for NSW water resources.

Shores of the Karuah River in Karuah Nature Reserve.

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

Wyangala Dam

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