Recreation within public drinking water source areas on Crown land

Our drinking water sources require protection from contamination risks associated with recreation activities.

Recreation is important to our health and lifestyle, as is safe drinking water – they are both public health priorities. However, our drinking water sources do require protection from contamination risks associated with recreation activities.

Our recreation policy describes the types and levels of recreation that the department supports in public drinking water source areas. It represents an appropriate balance of drinking water protection and recreation, as determined by a parliamentary inquiry and two publicly consulted policy reviews.

If you are proposing a recreation event or facility in a public drinking water source area on crown land, you will need to read the policy and complete the application form.

To find out if your proposal is within a drinking water source, use the online mapping tool.

Page reviewed 23 June 2022