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Living in the catchment

Living in the catchment

Sydney's drinking water catchment is home to over 200,000 residents enjoying a range of beautiful and diverse landscapes, towns and communities. Living in the region brings with it a responsibility to play your part in keeping the local environment and waterways healthy.

The following information aims to help you find out more about what you can do on your property, in your town or while you are carrying out building or development work.

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Managing Your Land

Wondering where to start with land, water, soil and vegetation management issues on your property? This practical guide will get you started and point you in the right directions for tips, advice and training that's available in the drinking water catchment.

A rural property

We provide grants to landholders, community groups and councils so we can work together to keep the catchment healthy.

Fenced property

All run off in the drinking water catchment flows into local creeks and ultimately our major water supply dams. For residents carrying out building and development work in the catchment we have provided a quick guide to your stormwater requirements and what you need to do:

A stormwater drain
Lifting the lid on onsite wastewater

Whether you have just recently bought a new property with an onsite wastewater system, or if you're planning to install a new system, this section aims to help residents in the drinking water catchment know what's involved:

A septic tank
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