Welcome to the Water Directorate

All 89 councils and local water utilities that deliver water and wastewater services across regional and rural NSW are members of the Water Directorate

Our Vision

The Water Directorate was established in 1999 as a technical resource for member councils. We provide:

  • an independent source of advice to councils on water and sewerage operations
  • direction on technical issues
  • networking opportunities for water and sewerage engineers to share knowledge and improve communication within the industry


Sam Samra Award

The Sam Samra annual Award has been established as a memorial and acknowledgement of the late Sam Samra’s long term contribution, passion and dedication to the water industry. Sam was a great ally of local water utilities in NSW which benefitted from his commitment over a 50 year period.

Video: Griffith City Council shows how Water Directorate O&M manuals are used

Careers at Council features information and stories about the diversity of careers in local government and connects candidates to jobs in councils.  Most regional councils in NSW provide water and sewerage services for their communities and have a range of employment opportunities to explore. 
Read about the variety of roles in local government or search for jobs via the Jobs Page or Interactive Map.

Members Area

Download publications for free and access technical library.


More than 40 technical publications for sale.

Discussion Forum

Share problems and solutions with water industry peers.

Upcoming Events

15 Sep

NSW Water Directorate Annual Water Forum

More information

Latest News

September 2023 e-newsletter

05 Sep 2023

August 2023 e-newsletter

10 Aug 2023

July 2023 e-news

07 Jul 2023

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