Water and sewerage system

Prior to arriving at your tap, water goes through many stages. First it is collected from river catchments in our dams, which store water before it is transferred to one of our two water treatment plants. After treatment it is distributed to urban reservoirs before being distributed via pumping stations and water mains. Once water is used, for drinking, cooking, cleaning and so on, 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.

Select the images below to explore Canberra’s urban water cycle below: 


Find out how we protect the environment Learn how we collect and store water Learn how we treat your drinking water
After treatment we discharge the treated water back into the river systems What we do at Icon Water Learn how we distribute the water after treatment
Find out how we treat the sewage before it goes back into the river system Learn how we collect your sewage Supporting customers is another big part of what we do at Icon Water