Your town water in regional NSW
Check water restrictions
The water information table below outlines regions with the highest level of water restrictions and links to water quality information.
Please note, as there is inconsistency around restriction levels from council to council, check what your town's water restriction level means for you in the water information table below:
|Town||Water restriction level||Information on water quality|
|Central Darling Shire Council|
|Menindee||Level 1||Current advice|
|Sunset Strip||Level 1||Current advice|
|Wilcannia||Level 4||Current advice|
|White Cliffs||Level 3||Current advice|
|Walgett Shire Council|
|Walgett||Level 5||Current advice|
|Warrumbungle Shire Council|
|Coonabarabran||Level 5||Current advice|
|Mendooran||Level 6||Current advice|
All other towns in NSW
Check with the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to see if your town has water restrictions.
If your town does not appear on the BoM website, contact your local water utility or supplier.
What we are doing
Communicating information about the safety of drinking water is the responsibility of your local water utility or council. We are working closely with NSW water utilities and local councils to improve the information on their websites.
So far in 2019, almost $11.5 million has been allocated to assist local government water utilities in ensuring regional towns in NSW have access to adequate water supplies.
This money will be spent directly on concrete solutions such as groundwater bores, piping, water pumps, water treatment, and where necessary, water carting.
How to improve the taste of town water
Very rarely, town water is determined to be unsafe for drinking. If a “water alert” needs to be issued, it will come from your local water utility, and they will communicate that to residents.
The water information table, which outlines the council areas with the most critical water restrictions, will link to any alerts provided by local water utilities.
Sometimes, even when water is safe to drink, the taste can change when water levels are low.
Here are some suggestions to improve the taste of town water:
- chill it - fill a jug and refrigerate the tap water before drinking
- add a low sugar cordial
- add slices lemon, lime, orange and cucumber
- use a water filter.
Contact James McTavish, Regional Town Water Supply Coordinator, Department of Premier and Cabinet for more information.