What do I do if water supply dries up?

Household water supply

Water filling stations

Check with your local Council for water filling stations in your area. Read the FAQs on Household water supply for guidelines for collecting water for domestic and stock use, guidelines for professional water caters and links to known participating councils.

What do I do if my surface and groundwater supply dries up?

If the stock and domestic water on your property dries up or is of insufficient quality for its intended purpose, access to an alternative water source might be necessary.

  • Emergency standpipes and water filling stations are located across NSW and are a practical alternative for accessing water for domestic and stock purposes. These sites are managed by local councils or water utilities and are maintained to meet bulk water carting requirements.
  • Conditions of use and access vary across council regions. Your local shire council or water utility can help establish:
    • if water is available locally
    • where water is and how much is available
    • what approvals you need.

Livestock water supply

What do I do if I have livestock and my surface and groundwater supply dries up?

Maintaining stock water supplies is the landholder’s responsibility.

Strong penalties apply under Animal Welfare legislation for stock owners who fail to provide adequate water.

Landholders are urged to prepare for diminished water with measures such as destocking or investment in water infrastructure on-farm.

If the stock and domestic water on your property dries up, access to an alternative water source might be necessary.

  • Emergency standpipes and water filling stations are located across NSW and are a practical alternative for accessing water for domestic and stock purposes. These sites are managed by local councils or water utilities and are maintained to meet bulk water carting requirements.
  • Conditions of use and access vary across council regions. Your local shire council or water utility can help establish:
    • if water is available locally
    • where water is and how much is available
    • what approvals you need.