Water network

Every day, we supply over 1.5 billion litres of drinking water to homes and businesses. About 80% of it comes from Warragamba Dam. Sydney Desalination Plant at Kurnell can also supply water to up to 1.5 million people when dam levels fall below 60%.

We treat your water at one of nine water filtration plants and supply it through a network of 21,951 kilometres of pipes, 243 reservoirs and 151 pumping stations.

Read our weekly water supply report to find out how much drinking water we've supplied recently.

Where does your water come from?

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We manage a complex network of pipes and reservoirs.

SWP [WaterSystem] [Icon] Catchments  Catchments

 Rivers drain water from the land around them. The surrounding land is called a river catchment. Our water network is supplied by a catchment area of over 16,500 km2.

SWP [WaterSystem] [Icon] Dams  Dams

Seven major dams store Sydney's water. Smaller dams also hold water that can be transferred to the major dams. WaterNSW manages our catchments and dams. 

SWP [WaterSystem] [Icon] Water filtration plants  Water filtration plants

WaterNSW supplies water from dams and we treat it at one of nine water filtration plants. We treat your water to a set of criteria called the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. This ensures your water is high quality and safe to drink. 

SWP [WaterSystem] [Icon] Customer supply systems  Customer supply systems

After filtration, your water enters a complex series of pipes and reservoirs before it arrives at your home or business. Prospect Water Filtration Plant is the largest and most complex plant. It supplies water to about 80% of Sydney.

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Sydney Desalination Plant helps to supply Sydney with water when total dam storage levels fall below 60%. The plant uses special technology called reverse osmosis to turn seawater into drinking water. 

Always check your information. We've taken care in collecting and checking this information, but the supply and source of water can change due to customer demand.