Water affecting activities

Water resources in the SA Murray-Darling Basin are precious and need to be managed sustainably. This includes watercourses, lakes, dams, floodplains, groundwater, springs, wetlands, waterholes and catchment landscapes.

Some activities can have adverse impacts on the health and condition of water resources and the ecosystems that depend on them, as well as on other water users. These water affecting activities include:

  • the construction or enlargement of dams or structures to collect or divert water
  • building of structures, obstructing or depositing solid materials in a watercourse, lake or floodplain (eg erosion control, construction of water crossings or dumping material)
  • excavating material from a watercourse, lake or floodplain (eg excavating or cleaning soaks, waterholes and on-stream dams)
  • destroying vegetation in a watercourse, lake or floodplain (eg removal of reeds)
  • draining or discharging water or brine into a watercourse or lake (eg desalination waste, stormwater including urban discharge, drainage and salinity control)
  • drilling, deepening and back filling wells, bores and groundwater access trenches.

Permits for water affecting activities

Water affecting activities need to be managed carefully, and may require a permit. You need to apply for your permit at least two months before you intend to undertake the activity.

  • Form PF1A  - Permit application form for the erection, construction or enlargement of a dam, dam wall or other structure that will collect or divert water 
  • Form PF1B  - Permit application form for works within a watercourse, floodplain of a watercourse, lake or bank of a lake

Refer to related links below for more information and access to these forms.


Related links

More information

  • Water Resources Assessment Officer
    Natural Resources, SA Murray-Darling Basin
    08 8391 7500