Sydney
33.1 Other statutory groundwater rights

Supporting information

Anyone who holds a groundwater basic right can extract water to meet basic requirements for household purposes (non-commercial uses in and around the house and garden) and for watering of stock. This water cannot be used for irrigating crops or garden produce that will be sold or bartered, washing down machinery sheds or intensive livestock operations. A breakdown of the right is provided in the following table.

 

Groundwater basic rights for stock and domestic purposes in the Sydney region

Groundwater source (aquifers)

Domestic and stock (ML)

Botany Sands

1,849

Maroota Tertiary Sands

17

Metropolitan Coastal Sands

298

Sydney Basin North

722

Sydney Basin Richmond

1,623

Sydney Basin Central

2,601

Sydney Basin Blue Mountain

421

Sydney Basin Nepean

5,971

Sydney Basin South

2,098

Hawkesbury Alluvium

305

Sydney Basin Coxs River

454

Goulburn Fractured Rock

3,114

Coxs River Fractured Rock

179

Total

19,652

Quantification approach

Data source

New South Wales Office of Water: Water Sharing Plan for the Greater Metropolitan Region Groundwater Sources.

Provided by

New South Wales Office of Water.

Method

Mapping values for the groundwater basic right as stated in the Water Sharing Plan for the Greater Metropolitan Region Groundwater Sources.

Assumptions, limitations, caveats and approximations

Nil.

Uncertainty information

Estimated uncertainty is +/– 30% to 50% based on professional judgment and established practice within the New South Wales Office of Water.