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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, and reduce the long-term impact of the drought, the NSW Government is investing in dams, pipelines and weirs in priority catchments across NSW. Additionally, the NSW Government is fast-tracking Regional Water Strategies that will reduce the long-term impact of drought.

Water catchments

Each regional water catchment area has unique characteristics. With increasing climate variability, any investment in infrastructure must ensure ongoing water security during times of drought and flood. The map below shows water catchment areas in NSW.

Regional NSW map of basins

Fast-tracked regional water strategies

The fast-tracked Regional Water Strategies will provide long-term policy, planning and infrastructure solutions to ensure water security for communities, industry and the environment across regional NSW.

The Strategies will be published in late 2020.

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