Water and Sewerage System

Prior to arriving at your tap, water goes through many stages. First it is collected through river catchments and makes its way to our dams, which store water before it is transferred to one of our two water treatment plants. After treatment is it distributed to urban reservoirs before being distributed via pumping stations and water mains. Once water is utilised it goes back down the drain as sewage. Sewage makes its way through a network of pipes to the sewage treatment plant where it is treated and discharged back in to the environment, where it flows downstream to be used again.

Explore Canberra’s urban water cycle below:  

what we do                  


Collect water
- Catchments
- Dams


Treat Water
- Mount Stromlo Water Treatment Plant         
- Googong Water Treatment Plant


Distribute water
- Urban water storage reservoirs
- Water pipe network


- Draincare
- Water Quality  


Collect sewage
- Sewerage network    


Treat sewage


Discharge treated water


Sustainability and Environment