Greater Sydney drought information

Greater Sydney drought information

In the Greater Sydney region, WaterNSW manages a total of 21 storage dams, including 11 major dams that can hold more than 2.6 million megalitres of water. Water for these dams is collected from five catchment areas covering 16,000 square kilometres.

During the current drought, customers living and working in the Greater Sydney catchment are watching water storage levels.

Water restrictions

If Sydney's storage levels hits 53% or lower, WaterNSW will be managing at least two years water storage, assuming no rain.

From 1 June, Sydney will be on enforced water restrictions. Sydney Water’s restrictions are relevant to everyone in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra. For more details go to sydneywater.com.au/restrictions.

As of 27 January 2019, the 60% total water storage trigger to activate Sydney’s desalination plant has been reached.

Read our latest report showing recent Sydney rainfall and storage impact below.


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49.7
Friday 23 August
-0.4
1,282,596 ML
2,581,850 ML
8,751 ML
1,251 ML
-11,377 ML
Friday 23 August