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NSW Water Strategy

About the Strategy

The NSW Water Strategy takes a strategic and integrated approach to looking after the state’s water. This strategy is the first 20-year water strategy for all of NSW to improve the security, reliability, quality and resilience of our water resources over the long term. It sets the priorities and outlines the implementation plan to delivering on these outcomes.

The NSW Water Strategy sets the overarching vision for 12 regional and two metropolitan water strategies , tailored to the individual needs of each region in NSW. Together, the strategies will improve the resilience of NSW’s water services and resources.

The Strategy

The NSW Government has developed a 20-year, state-wide water strategy to improve security of our water resources.

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

Towards 2050: Our priorities and implementation plan

Find the priorities of the plan and timeline when they will be implemented.

View from the Pinnacle Loockout across the Caldera to Wollumbin-Mount Warning.

Action plan 2021/22

This Plan shows what delivery will look like for the year ahead from July 2021 to end of June 2022.

Irrigation farming.

How the strategy was developed

We engaged with a wide range of individuals and organisations in development of this strategy.

How the strategy was developed

How progress will be evaluated and reported

An integrated framework is being established for reviewing and reporting against the Strategy.

How progress will be evaluated and reported

Glossary

An alphabetical list of commonly used terms from the Strategy and their definitions.

NRAR staff inspecting equipment.

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.

What will water look like in NSW in 2050?

The NSW Water Strategy takes a strategic and integrated approach to looking after the state’s water. Watch the video to find out more.