Drinking water

A secure and safe supply of drinking water is fundamental to public health. The NSW Government uses the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines to ensure our water is safe to drink.

Rural and regional drinking water

Water supply and water quality is managed by local councils.

Sydney Water

Water management, supply and water quality for Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra.

Hunter Water

Water management, supply and water quality in the areas of Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Dungog and small parts of Singleton.

Issues affecting drinking water quality

A female drinking water while exercising in a Sydney park
Better protections, stronger assessment and more environmental offsets will ensure Sydney’s drinking water supply is safeguarded, following an extensive review by an independent expert panel.
Water flow at Menindee Lakes after February 2020 rain
Water from the February rains has flowed to dry NSW outback lakes, with more relief expected to follow.
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