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Water, what are you really taking?

When you take water in NSW without following the rules, it’s not just water you’re taking.

Water brings communities together, keeps industries moving and sustains the environment.

When you take water without following the rules, you’re taking something of value away from your neighbours, communities and the environment.

NRAR’s water compliance tool can help you to understand what you need to do to ensure you’re following the rules. Try it out today.

True value of water

Watch our campaign videos to find out more about the true value of water.

Water and industry

Water is the lifeblood of our agricultural sector. When water is taken outside of the NSW water rules our farmers lose out. We spoke with Bruce Chapman, a farmer based in Bendemeer about what water means to him. Watch the video.

Water and Indigenous communities

Water has a significant cultural value to Aboriginal people and communities. We spoke with Phil Duncan, NRAR’s first Indigenous board member about what water means to him and his community. Watch the video.

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Water and the environment

Video for water and the environment is currently in development.

Know the rules

We know most people want to do the right thing, but issues arise when they don’t know the rules. That’s why we run programs to make it easier to follow the rules.

Water access licences and approvals provide water users with essential information about how much water they can take, when they can take it, what conditions apply and any other requirements they need to undertake.

Visit our Know the rules page for more information about water access licences and approvals.

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