Growth Servicing Plan

Your window to water infrastructure

Our latest Growth Servicing Plan – Growth Servicing Plan 2020–2025 (578KB) – provides a high-level view of where we expect Greater Sydney’s water-related infrastructure to be available over the next 5 to 15 years. It includes maps showing infrastructure plans across major greenfield and infill areas.

If you’re planning a large-scale land rezoning, new development or redevelopment project, call us on 13 20 92 for advice. Ask for the City, Growth & Development team.


How we're planning a cooler, greener future

Our long-term planning supports the NSW Government’s vision of 3 sustainable, productive and liveable cities – the Western Parkland City, the Central River City and the Eastern Harbour City – and incorporates the coastline cities in the Illawarra region.

By 2056, we’ll be providing water services to about 8 million customers. We see our role going beyond our current high-quality water and wastewater services, with water playing a lead role in cooling and greening the city.

Our Growth Servicing Plan shows planning for water and wastewater services for developments like the Western Parkland City.


How to see new maps and timelines

The Growth Servicing Plan 2020–2025 (578KB) aims to provide you with options to establish the planning and infrastructure you need to support your development program. Each year, we update it with new insights and potential timing of new infrastructure. Your feedback has helped us to shape the plan, which outlines:

  • a long-term planning outlook with maps of future water and wastewater
  • continued transparency of planning, processes and anticipated timelines
  • proposed trunk services in a selection of greenfield areas.

We look forward to working with developers and local communities to get the right services delivered at the right time, and create liveable, thriving and productive communities.


How new water infrastructure is funded

Broadly, there are 2 ways that new water infrastructure for growth areas in Greater Sydney can be funded: by Sydney Water or by developers.

Sydney Water funding

We plan delivery of services around the NSW Government’s land release program. We must demonstrate that any decisions we make on funding infrastructure comply with the requirements set by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART)

Before we fund infrastructure, we must show that there’s demand for that infrastructure in the community, with a high certainty of delivery and timing. Developments must be ready to connect to our infrastructure, soon after it’s constructed for it to be an efficient and economical investment. The Growth Servicing Plan 2020–2025 (578KB) has more details on how we decide when to progress planned infrastructure.

Developer funding

A developer can opt to independently fund infrastructure to accelerate planning and construction and can apply to the NSW Government to bring forward the release of precincts for development. If the government approves your proposal, we’ll work with you to establish a commercial agreement. This will outline financial arrangements and determine the best way to plan and deliver services.

The Growth Servicing Plan 2020–2025 (578KB) lays out options on how you may accelerate your development. Plus, our Funding infrastructure to service growth (335KB) policy provides more information about developer-funded infrastructure and conditions for reimbursement.

Water and wastewater information
In line with our Operating Licence (270KB), we publish at least 10 years of servicing information for major water and wastewater systems. Email us at urbangrowth@sydneywater.com.au if you want access.