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Sydney’s water supply is under threat from climate change and poor management. The Metropolitan Water Plan has been a failure with Sydney’s water demand going through the roof.

Sydney households use almost 50% more water than households in Melbourne. In the years since the drought, Melbourne has implemented permanent water saving rules and an aspirational target of 155 litres per person per day. They are currently at 161 while Sydneysiders are at 300. 

In 2017 experts thought Sydney would only need 600 gigalitres per year for normal use by 2040 after a population increase. Instead Sydney hit 600 gigalitres in 2019, overshooting prediction by 50 gigalitres. 

The government has failed to invest in water conservation initiatives to prepare Sydney for a hotter and drier future. 

The Greens are calling on the government to invest in water efficiency measures like water and stormwater recycling rather than building new dams and desalination plants. 

Greater Sydney’s water supply is also under threat from Longwall Mining in the catchment. A process which sees vast underground mining tunnels dug. These tunnels cause subsidence which can crack riverbeds, drain rivers and leak toxic metals into our catchment.




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Decision on Dendrobium Mine damages future jobs and the environment

In a blow to workers and campaigners in the Illawarra calling for investment in a jobs rich renewable energy zone with investment in green steel the NSW Government has instead paved the way for an expansion of the Dendrobium coal mine.

Dendrobium Mine Expansion in Sydney Water Catchment Refused: Victory for Common Sense, Environment, Community

The Independent Planning Commission’s decision. handed down today, to refuse Dendrobium’s controversial coal mine’s expansion underneath Sydney’s water catchment is a victory for common sense, the environment and the community, says Cate Faehrmann Greens NSW MP and Spokesperson for Water.

Audit Office’s Damning Review into Sydney Water’s Poor Conservation Record Needs Urgent Inquiry

A damning Audit Office’s report released today into Sydney Water’s performance in water conservation requires urgent intervention by the NSW Premier including an inquiry into the performance of Sydney Water and its systemic failures to ensure a sustainable water supply for Sydney, says Cate Faehrmann, Greens MP and spokesperson on water.

Desal Plant delay means Government must fast track Water Recycling: Greens

The government’s announcement that the desalination plant expansion at Kurnell is delayed should be used as an opportunity to urgently boost Sydney’s water recycling and stormwater harvesting, says Cate Faehrmann Greens MP and spokesperson for Water.