Our Drinking Water Catchments

What is a Catchment?

A catchment is an area where water is collected by the natural landscape. In a catchment, rainwater run-off will eventually flow to a creek, river, dam, lake, ocean, or into a groundwater system.

The region's drinking water catchments deliver water to Hunter Water's surface water and groundwater storages. Look up rainfall data within our area of operations.

Why Protect Our Catchments?

Hunter Water is responsible for providing over half a million people with safe, high quality drinking water. This responsibility begins with healthy drinking water catchments.

Human activities such as urban development, agriculture, septic systems and land clearing have the potential to impact the health of our catchments.

Healthy catchments help to protect our rivers, dams and groundwater environments and provides our community with:

  • clean drinking water
  • natural areas for recreation
  • habitat for plants and animals
  • healthy vegetation and waterways
  • reliable and clean water for stock and irrigation
  • opportunities for sustainable agriculture and industry

Development in a Drinking Water Catchment

Hunter Water participates in the planning and assessment process for development proposals that may impact on drinking water supplies within any of the drinking water catchments (known as 'Special Areas'). If the property you intend to develop or subdivide is located in a drinking water catchment or if you think it might be, please refer to our Development in a Drinking Water Catchment page, and more specifically our Guidelines for Development in the Drinking Water Catchments.

Catchment Management Plan

Hunter Water has developed a long term Catchment Management Plan for protecting and improving water quality in our drinking water catchments. Download in pdf form the Catchment Management Plan or Summary document.

Learn More about Our Catchments

Learn more about our catchments by visiting Our Drinking Water Sources.