The Department for Environment and Water supports the sustainable management of water in South Australia. This includes issuing water licences and allocations to those who take and use water from prescribed water sources such as a dam, bore or watercourse (e.g. river or creek) and monitoring these water users to ensure they are meeting their legal obligations. Where water users are found to be in breach of their legal obligations, the department may undertake compliance action.

The department reports annually on water compliance and enforcement statistics and targeted water compliance monitoring operations. The links below provide a summary of compliance activities for each year.

* Note that enhancements have been made to the 2022-23 report to improve readability and visual presentation. It is therefore in a different format to previous years.

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