Water NSW Regulation 2013

Water NSW Regulation 2013

A key responsibility of WaterNSW is identifying and managing impacts on water quality in the declared catchment areas. In order to protect water quality, the Water NSW Regulation 2013 restricts access to lands immediately adjacent to the storages used for drinking water supplies. It also provides for regulatory powers to manage pollution activities that impact water quality.

In Special Areas, (those lands adjacent to water storages in the Greater Sydney drinking water catchment) access may be prohibited or certain activities restricted to protect water quality and ecological health.

The Water NSW Regulation 2013 (which operates under the Water NSW Act 2014) provides WaterNSW with the power to legally enforce access restrictions.

WaterNSW has enforcement powers under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 to penalise polluting activities in the catchment that may impact on water quality.

WaterNSW keeps a public register of all notices issued under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.

Water NSW Regulation 2020 – consultation and public exhibition

WaterNSW is responsible for administering the Water NSW Regulation 2013.

This Regulation is subject to a five-year statutory review under the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989 and is due to be repealed on 1 September 2020.  WaterNSW proposes to remake the existing Regulation with some minor amendments.

Under the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989, WaterNSW is required to consult with the public and stakeholders prior to making a new Regulation.  The proposed draft Water NSW Regulation 2020, and the accompanying Regulatory Impact Statement, is on public exhibition from Monday, 4 May 2020 until Sunday 31 May 2020.


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