Water is vital for our health and wellbeing. As Brisbane's population increases, so does the demand on clean water and the need to introduce water management solutions that are innovative and sustainable. Find out how Brisbane City Council is becoming a water smart city and how you can help protect our waterways including installing a raingarden.


Norman Creek 2012-2031

The Norman Creek 2012-2031 Master Plan outlines a revolutionary Council project to revitalise the Norman Creek catchment to be both an environmental and recreational asset. The plan details priority areas and key initiatives to help enhance water quality and create more green spaces. Find out more about the project.

WaterSmart Strategy

Brisbane City Council has now finalised its WaterSmart Strategy. The strategy will help guide Brisbane towards the goal of becoming Australia's most sustainable and water smart city. Download a copy of the strategy. 


Water Smart Homes

Being water smart means more than just water conservation. It is also about sustainable water use and the protection of waterways.

Water Smart Business

Business and industry play a major part in protecting our waterways. Find out ways to help your business be water smart.

Water quality monitoring

Council is monitoring water quality in Brisbane waterways. Find the monitoring results and also read frequently asked questions.

Voluntary Home Purchase Scheme

Council allocates funding to purchase residential properties which flood the most frequently. Find out about the scheme.


Creek Catchments Program

Council has five Creek Catchment Officers across Brisbane who work with local catchment groups to help protect our waterways.

Water supply and sewerage

Queensland Urban Utilities supplies water and wastewater services for customers in Brisbane.

Brisbane's Total Water Cycle Management Plan

Council and Queensland Urban Utilities endorsed Brisbane's Total Water Cycle Management Plan (BTWCMP) in June 2013. The plan will guide Council's management of our city's water resources.

Waterway Health Enhancement Prioritisation Process

The Waterway Health Enhancement Prioritisation Process aims to improve waterway health through a combination of Council projects.

Creek filtration systems

Council is investing $2 million between 2013-2016 to install creek filtration systems in catchments across the city to reduce pollutants in our waterways. 


Parts of Brisbane may have been affected by backflow flooding during the January 2011 floods. Read about Council's investigation.

Stormwater and drainage complaints

Council can investigate water pollution complaints that result from items such as soil, sand, silt and mud that is discharged into our waterways and catchments, either directly or through roadside gutters and stormwater drains.