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Development in the catchment

Development in the catchment

Every year there is a range of new residential, commercial and agricultural development and activities in Greater Sydney's drinking water catchment.

All proposed developments in this catchment are required by the State Environmental Planning Policy (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) 2011 to have a sustainable neutral or beneficial effect on water quality (NorBE).

Councils in the catchment carry out assessments of these NorBE requirements and refer complex development applications (DAs) to WaterNSW for concurrence.

All public authorities, such as government departments, are also required to assess whether their proposals have a NorBE.

The following quick guide to development in the catchment aims to help you understand the DA process and how you can meet the water quality requirements for your development proposal:

Tuesday 22 May
1,841,964 ML
2,581,749 ML
6,351 ML
908 ML
-15,112 ML
Tuesday 22 May