Our compliance officers across NSW actively monitor and audit the use of surface water and groundwater. Our officers have a broad range of powers to enter premises and gather evidence, such as photos and samples. They can also compel the individual or entity under investigation to provide records and answer questions relating to that investigation.
NRAR uses a variety of methods, including property inspections and technology (such as satellite imagery, drones and sonar depth gauges), to enforce NSW water laws. Our physical presence in regional NSW has also expanded, to enable us to find out how compliant with the laws water users currently are across the state.
The information we gather during property inspections helps us understand why and how regional water users comply with water laws, and helps determine whether education campaigns are necessary to help the community understand their obligations. Inspections also enable us to assess the effectiveness of our existing operations and education and information programs about compliance, and identify where action is needed to avoid or reduce harm to our water resources and the community.