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Basic water rights

Basic water rights

Under the Water Management Act 2000, there are three types of basic landholder rights in NSW:

  • Domestic and stock rights
    Owners or occupiers of land overlaying an aquifer or has river, estuary or lake frontage can take water without a licence for domestic (household) purposes or to stock water.
  • Harvestable rights – dams
    Harvestable right water allows landholders in most rural areas to collect a proportion of the run-off on their property and store it in one or more farm dams up to a certain size.
  • Native Title
    Anyone who holds native title with respect to water, as determined under the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993, can take and use water for a range of personal, domestic and non-commercial purposes.
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