Water in Our Shire


1. Water Catchment Management

Wingecarribee Shire Council is the local water authority that provides potable water supply to residents in the Shire. 

Water NSW (formerly Sydney Catchment Authority) provides the majority of raw water to Council from the Wingecarribee Reservoir  with the remaining obtained from Council owned Bundanoon Reservoir.

Wingecarribee Shire is located within the Sydney drinking water catchment area and living in the region brings with it a responsibility to play your part in keeping the local environment and waterways healthy. 

To ensure water quality continues to be protected in the Sydney drinking water catchment, all proposed developments that require consent under Council’s Wingecarribee Local Environment Plan need to have a Link neutral or beneficial effect (NorBE) on water quality. 

Further information can be found on Council’s Development page.

2. Recreational Water

Water NSW monitors rivers and storage's for algae, current Algae Alert Maps are provided on Water NSW website

Further information on identifying different types of algae can be found on councils webpage What's that in the Water.

3. Waterwatch Program

Wingecarribee Shire Council's Waterwatch program is monitoring the health of key urban waterways in Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale. Water NSW has monitoring programs in place at various water ways within the shire.