As part of Hunter Water's new delivery model for Developer Works, Developers are required to enter into a Developer Works Deed which sets out the terms on which you agree to undertake Water and/or Sewer works as detailed in your Notice of Requirements letter (This replaces the previous Major Works Instrument of Agreement and Minor Works contract).
After receiving the Notice of Requirements letter from Hunter Water (which will provide the applicant with a nominated Deed Number and a Hunter Water representative for all future correspondence), the Developer downloads and prints a copy of the Developer Works Deed from Hunter Water's website. The Developer must review all its requirements, before completing, signing and returning the Deed to Hunter Water. The signed and completed Deed will need to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for processing. Once Hunter Water has received your Deed submission via email, it will be assigned to your Hunter Water representative and you should receive a response within 5 business days.
The Developer may wish to nominate a person/company to receive correspondence from Hunter Water on their behalf, this will need to be nominated in the Deed Particulars section of the Deed under 'Developer Representative' (Item 9).
Hunter Water executes the Developer Deed by completing and signing its sections of the Deed and emails an executed copy to the Developer/Developer Representative. This authorises the Developer to initiate the process of engaging an Accredited Design Consultant.
Once your proposed development has been assessed, Hunter Water will prepare and issue 'Notice of Requirements' letter detailing the necessary requirements to provide water and sewer services. This Notice is valid for 12 months from the date of issue and may include a request for the Development Consent Conditions determined by Council for this specific development, additional plans and/or direction to design and construct water and sewer infrastructure.
Typically processing times are 30 calendar days, however, may extend to 60 calendar days for large scale or complex development proposals.
Hunter Water implemented a new asset creation process for Developer Works on 1 July 2017. All Developer Works from the implementation data are required to be delivered in accordance with the new process.
A design consultant or construction contractor who wants to carry out Developer Works in Hunter Water's area of operations must be listed on Hunter Water's Accredited Suppliers Registers to do so. Accreditation is an open and continuing process. New applications may apply at any time and the accreditation status of Accredited Suppliers may be reviewed and changed at any time.
Suitably qualified and experienced design consultants and construction contractors can apply for accreditation by downloading, completing and submitting the application forms found on Hunter Water's website. Licensed plumbers may also seek accreditation for Routine Major Works.
To apply to be an Accredited Supplier, the applicant must complete the Accredited Design Consultant / Accredited Construction Contractor Application Form and return to: email@example.com
Hunter Water has changed its delivery model for the creation of Developer-funded network infrastructure. This model is based on the recognition that simple, or Routine Works present fewer risks than those of more technically challenging infrastructure projects, or Complex Works. Accordingly, Hunter Water wishes to focus more on its attention on projects which present higher risks, reducing its involvement in the delivery of Routine Works.
Routine Works are divided into two subcategories, Minor and Major. Minor Works are able to be constructed by either a licensed plumber or an Accredited Construction Contractor, as specified by Hunter Water in the Notice of Requirements. Major Works can only be constructed by an Accredited Construction Contractor. All Works must be designed by an Accredited Design Consultant.
Only after all requirements in the Notice of Requirements are evidenced as completed, will Hunter Water issue the S.50 Compliance Certificate. The processing time for Section 50 Certificates is typically 14 calendar days.
As part of the project finalisation, your Accredited Design Consultant will be required to submit a Finalisation package to Hunter Water. The Finalisation package includes the Certificate of Completion, Finalisation Checklist, Work as Construction drawings, Inspection and Testing Plan and site works and restoration photos. More details of what is required to be submitted in the Finalisation package are found in item 5.6 of the Accredited Designers Manual on Hunter Water's website.
The Accredited Design Consultant certifies the design documentation and submits the Design Submission package to firstname.lastname@example.org
Included in this submission should be a completed Design Compliance Certificate, a work schedule, information regarding the value of the work, the name of the licensed plumber of Accredited Construction Contractor and a completed Design Checklist.
Hunter Water's model for the delivery of Developer Works provides more autonomy for Developers. The auditing process has been created to help Accredited Suppliers be mindful of opportunities to improve their quality, WHS and environmental processes and remain compliant with the requirements of Hunter Water.
One of the aims of the auditing process is to determine whether Developers and Accredited Suppliers are fulfilling their responsibilities. Another is to ensure processes and procedures are being followed.
Although it is the Accredited Design Consultants responsibility to verify the works, perform the site inspection and sign off all matters in the project are completed, Hunter Water will still perform targeted and random audits to verify that specified levels of quality, safety and environmental outcomes are being achieved.
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