Current recommended practices and performance standards

Best management practices endorsed by WaterNSW are referred to as current recommended practices (CRPs) and performance standards.

WaterNSW keeps a list of CRPs and standards to be used by councils, developers, consultants and the general public to design and prepare proposals for development in the Sydney drinking water catchment. The listed CRPs and standards provide best practice solutions to manage the water quality impacts of a range of land uses, developments and activities including rural subdivisions, agriculture, industrial developments, and stormwater and wastewater.

For some land uses, such as stormwater management and roads, more than one CRP document has been endorsed as the documents focus on different aspects of the development and approval process. This ensures the best coverage of the subject and allows some flexibility to adopt the most appropriate practices for the specific circumstances of each development and site. It should be noted that CRPs published by WaterNSW may include specific requirements (for instance minimum buffer distances to watercourses) that prevail over other CRPs or standards.

The list of CRPs and standards will change as more CRPs are endorsed and updated, or management practices and technology change.

*Guidelines that do not fully meet the endorsement criteria but nevertheless contain useful information or pertain to a less common land use in the catchment are listed here as an Additional Reference.

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