Drinking (potable) water catchment

Water corporations may be referred planning applications by municipal councils, under Section 55 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, when a planning application has the potential to impact water quality in a Special Water Supply Catchment (declared under the Catchment and Land Protection Act), to prevent negative impacts on water quality used to supply treated water to towns and industry.

Land use and development in areas that are not serviced by a sewage scheme can pose a high risk to water quality, and Gippsland Water has a responsibility to protect our customer’s water supply, from catchment to tap.

Water supply catchment map

Check if your property address is in our catchment area.

About this tool:

In Victoria, areas from which water corporations draw water are often given a level of protection under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994. The areas of declared potable water supply catchments may have special requirements when a property owner or developer wants to undertake works, develop or subdivide, as permitted under the local Municipal Planning Scheme.

This interactive map is designed to assist landowners in these catchments to navigate any special requirements when developing a property in a declared potable water supply catchment.


This tool is to be used as a guide only. The information provided is indicative only and is not formal planning or legal advice. Please contact us for further property specific discussion. The relevant local municipal council planning department can also provide you with property specific information.

Please note: This tool is only applicable to land within our declared catchments. For catchment enquiries beyond our area of interest, please contact one of the neighbouring Water Corporations.