Depending where you’re located in our region, you may be eligible to apply to harvest and use surface rainfall runoff, including from streams, rivers, creeks and catchment dams.
Surface water is a precious resource and it’s important that it’s managed carefully to protect existing users and the environment.
At GWMWater, we're responsible for:
- issuing surface water ‘take and use’ licences
- supporting key environmental management strategies
- regulating surface water licence allocations according to seasonal conditions.
To harvest and use surface water including from rivers, creeks and catchment dams you must have a surface water ‘take and use’ licence.
How to apply
To get a ‘take and use’ licence you can either:
1. Apply for a new licence
Application for a New or Amended Licence to Use Surface Water and to Operate Works TU2 (258 kB)
2. Apply to renew your existing licence
Application for Renewal of a Licence to Take and Use Surface Water and Operate Works SWR1 (185 kB)
3. Transfer an existing licence from another landholder
Application for the Permanent or Temporary Transfer of Water for a Take and Use Licence TU3 (358 kB)
Application for the Transfer of Licence Ownership upon the Sale of Land TOL1 (234 kB)
If you no longer need your ‘take and use’ licence, you can surrender it:
Application for Surrender of a Licence to Take and Use Water and Operate Works TU4 (216 kB)
In the interests of the environment, the community and fairness, it's important for people to follow the rules regarding taking and using surface water.
Many people taking and using surace water illegally may not realise they're doing so. It's essential that you, as a surface water user, understand your rights and obligations concerning our water resources.
Water costs vary depending on a number of factors and can change from year to year.