Secure and Sustainable Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Services for Non-Metropolitan NSW: Alternative formats available on request to PIAC - Contact PIAC
The NSW Department of Water and Energy (DWE) recently launched its Inquiry into Secure and Sustainable Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Services for Non-Metropolitan NSW to identify the most effective governance arrangements for the long-term provision of water supply and sewerage services in rural and regional NSW. In its response to the discussion paper, PIAC expressed its preference for a non-corporatised model for rural water utilities (RWUs). PIAC supported the independent, open and accountable running of RWUs, free from State Government assistance or interference except in limited circumstances. PIAC favoured regulation which aimed to conserve water, keep prices at affordable levels, encourage consumer participation (through consumer councils) and achieve state-wide consistency in concessions programs and community service obligations.