Inquiry into Local Water Utilities

In September 2007, the NSW Government commenced an inquiry into the provision of water supply and sewerage services in regional NSW.

The purpose of the inquiry was to identify the most effective institutional, regulatory and governance arrangements for the long term provision of water supply and sewerage services, and to ensure these arrangements are cost-effective, financially viable, sustainable, optimise whole-of-community outcomes, and achieve integrated water cycle management.

In January 2009, the inquiry released its final report. The report recommends an aggregation of local water utilities into 32 regional groups, including as groups a number of existing stand alone utilities, with organisational structure options that allow councils to maintain responsibility for the operation of water supply and sewerage services and ownership of water supply and sewerage infrastructure. The inquiry’s recommendations were taken up by the NSW Independent Local Government Review Panel and are being progressed through the NSW Government' Fit for the Future initiative.

Local Water Utilities (LWUs) Inquiry - Final Report:


LGNSW made a number of submissions to the inquiry, including a submission on the final report outlining the alliance model supported by LGNSW.