Surface water

Taking surface water

Have your say

The Draft Surface Water Take – Wet Seasons Flow policy has been released for public comment on Have Your Say.

You have until 9 January 2023 to provide input into how water is taken during the Wet Season in the Top End.

A water extraction licence is required to take surface water for all purposes except for rural stock and domestic use.

If you need to take surface water you will need:

The framework sets guidelines for contingent allocations:

  • in the Top End and the Arid Zone
  • and for surface and ground water.

Next steps

Once approved, the Surface Water Take – Wet Seasons Flow policy will be used:

  • to guide water licensing decisions and
  • for management of surface water take.

The policy will replace the NT Water Allocation Planning framework.

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Last updated: 08 November 2022

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