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Managing the catchment

Managing the catchment

Our role

To manage and protect declared catchment areas under the control of WaterNSW.

Sydney Catchment
Our strategic approach

WaterNSW protects the health of the catchments to ensure reliable, quality drinking water is available for the 5 million people of Sydney and the Illawarra, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, Goulburn and Shoalhaven regions.

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Protected and Special Areas

The Special Areas cover approximately 364,000 hectares of mostly unspoilt native bushland around the water storages and infrastructure that supply Sydney, the Illawarra, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven regions.

SCA officer and Special Areas sign
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Tuesday 21 November
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2,184,145 ML
2,581,749 ML
11,554 ML
1,651 ML
-5,701 ML
Tuesday 21 November