Waterways plans and policies

Managing the water cycle

We’ve put some important regulations in place to protect and help improve urban waterways, especially in bushland reserves and parks where water provides essential habitat for native animals.

Water Sensitive City Policy (This policy replaces: Riparian Policy, Integrated Water Recycling and Reuse Policy, Interim Water Recycling and Reuse Policy)

Biodiversity Strategy

We’re dedicated to smart design which uses water as efficiently as possible. That’s why we’ve invested in many stormwater harvesting and sewer mining  projects, guided by integrated water cycle management principles.

There’s also lots you can do at home to save water. Check out some ideas.

Development controls 

Detail the considerations and requirements for water management when undertaking development activities can be found in Council's Development Control Plans

Please refer to these documents regarding the requirements for water management when undertaking any development. 

Pollution

Pollution such as chemicals in waterways can cause extensive damage and is often expensive to clean up and as such any person who pollutes waters is guilty of an offence. 

If you notice pollution such as sediment, paint or chemicals in a local waterway please contact council immediately and provide as many details as possible. 

If you see someone dumping rubbish or garden waste into or near a waterway please help us by reporting illegal dumping. 

If you notice sewerage in a waterway or overflowing from any infrastructure please contact Sydney Water on 13 20 90.