Water Planning for Sydney
Water planning for Sydney

Water for people and water for the environment

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Updating the Plan

A secure and sustainable supply of water is essential for Sydney, the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains (the Greater Sydney region) to grow and prosper. Reliable and affordable water is vital for our households, businesses and industries to thrive and remain economically competitive, nationally and internationally. Water also supports our environment and the healthy, vibrant quality of life for which Greater Sydney is famous.

The Metropolitan Water Plan was first developed in 2004 then reviewed in 2006 in response to a severe drought. It was revised again in 2010 as part of a regular schedule of review.

Following an extensive review period, the 2017 Metropolitan Water Plan was developed by Metro Water in collaboration with water utilities and state agencies, key industry stakeholders and the community.

The plan is based on a solid foundation of technical studies, independent reviews, hydrological modelling and economic analyses, community and stakeholder engagement activities, and social surveys.

Our strategies will help inform government decisions in relation to future water infrastructure investment and will guide the strategic planning to deliver the regional plan for greater Sydney and districts plans.