About Us


Established in 1999, the Water Directorate provides focused technical information to its members. Our aims include:

  • providing an independent source of advice to councils on water and sewerage operations
  • promoting a more efficient operation of Local Government water and sewerage infrastructure;
  • providing direction on technical issues;
  • providing networking opportunities for water and sewerage engineers to share knowledge and improve communication within the industry


The Water Directorate has 87 members out of a total of 89 local water utilities in New South Wales. Membership of the Water Directorate is open to all councils and county councils providing water supply and/or sewerage services to local government areas in NSW. Click here to see a full list of members.


Comprised of 20 representatives, 18 elected from the membership and 2 nominated from Local Government NSW, the Executive Committee meets on a regular basis to discuss the activities and direction of the Water Directorate.

Representatives are elected every two years with nominations provided by General Managers of member councils. If more than 2 nominations are received from a particular region, an election is held with only General Managers eligible to vote. Click here for a list of the Executive Committee members.

Log in to the members area for photos of the Executive Committee 2016


Over the next 12 months the Water Directorate Executive Committee, using consultants where necessary, will work to prepare and publish the following technical information on behalf of our members:

  • O&M Manual for Sewage Pumping Stations (updated)
  • O& M Manual for Water Pumping Stations (updated)
  • O&M Manual for Water Reticulation (updated)
  • O&M Manual for Sewer Reticulation (updated)
  • Water and Sewer Meter Reading Guidelines (updated)
  • S64 in Non-Residential Areas
  • Skills Development Plan
  • Customer Service Plan
  • Guidelines for Dealing with Telcos

At the Executive Committee planning meeting in November 2017 we confirmed the following strategic directions for the organisation:

  • Continue to provide a high quality technical and advisory base for our members so they can achieve best practice
  • Explore ways to better support and service members and harness our members’ knowledge
  • Strengthen and develop our profile and brand in the national water industry
  • Ensure our activities encourage sustainable water cycle management.

Here is a copy of the Water Directorate Strategic Plan 2017.

Constitution of the Water Directorate

The Constitution of the Water Directorate was revised in 2011 to comply with the introduction of the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 and Associations Incorporation Regulation 2010 which commenced on 1 July 2010. The mandatory amendments were adopted by 75% of our membership and passed by a special resolution of the Executive Committee on 14 July 2011. A copy can be downloaded here.


Information on the membership and activities of the Water Directorate can be obtained by contacting the Executive Officer, Gary Mitchell, on (02) 9188 4390 or gmitchell@waterdirectorate.asn.au

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