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Infograph representing the order of the dams towards Canberra along the Cotter River: Corin Dam, Bendora Dam, Cotter Dam and pumping station, Mount Stromlo water treatment plant, city reservoirs. Then along the Queanbeyan River: Googong Dam, Googong Water Treatment Plant and pumping station, Queanbeyan Reservoirs, City reservoirs.

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 environmentLearn how we collect and store waterLearn how we treat your drinking water
After treatment we discharge the treated water back into the river systemsWhat we do at Icon WaterLearn how we distribute the water after treatment
Find out how we treat the sewage before it goes back into the river systemLearn how we collect your sewageSupporting customers is another big part of what we do at Icon Water