Snowy Hydro Water security

Ensuring ongoing access to a reliable water supply is a priority for the NSW Government and a core focus of the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund.

To support farmers and regional communities by ensuring ongoing water security, the NSW Government is investing in dams, pipelines and weirs in priority catchments across regional NSW. 

The Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund drives some important water security projects which are led by the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) Water Division.

Regional Water Strategies

The Regional Water Strategies assess potential drought and flood impacts using climate data and water modelling to deliver long-term policy, planning and infrastructure solutions, to ensure ongoing water security and resilience across regional NSW.

There are a total of 12 Regional Water Strategies (see map below), with the Greater Hunter strategy already finalised.

Strategies for the following catchments were recently on public exhibition and are being finalised:

  • Namoi
  • North Coast
  • Border Rivers
  • South Coast
  • Far North Coast
  • Macquarie-Castlereagh
  • Lachlan
  • Gwydir

The remaining three Regional Water Strategies will be on public exhibition in the coming months.

To learn more about the Regional Water Strategies, visit the website.

Regional NSW map of basins


For more information, visit DPIE Water

Priority Dam projects

Together with the Commonwealth Government, the NSW Government will deliver critical water security infrastructure to support regional communities and economies. They are:

  • Delivering the Wyangala Dam wall raising to provide water security and flood mitigation for towns and industries in the Lachlan Valley;
  • Delivering a new Dungowan Dam and pipeline to build a new 22GL dam, to improve water security in the Peel Valley; and
  • Investigating the Mole River Dam to improve water to communities, agriculture and the environment in the Border Rivers region. 

For more information, visit: WaterNSW

For more information:

Visit DPE Water.

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