What we do

As a State Owned Corporation (SOC) Hunter Water provides drinking water, wastewater, recycled water and some stormwater services to a population of more than 600,000 people in homes and businesses across the Lower Hunter. Hunter Water was the first SOC to be proclaimed within New South Wales pursuant to the State Owned Corporations Act 1989.

We are proud of our humble beginnings, starting in the 1880s when water was first delivered to Newcastle from a temporary pumping station on the Hunter River at Oakhampton to Newcastle No 1 Reservoir. Like our region, we have grown considerably since then, and we are constantly looking for new ways to provide great services, enable good development and be a thought leader. We are committed to being a great employer that operates in an efficient and productive manner, enhancing the wellbeing of our employees.

Our employees help deliver the life our communities desire, working closely with contractors, stakeholders and the community to manage an asset base of more than $2.5 billion worth of water, wastewater and recycled water infrastructure.

The safety of Hunter Water’s drinking water is our priority and is confirmed through an extensive monitoring programme. We have 68 sampling locations across our drinking water network and routinely test for a wide range of physical, chemical and biological characteristics at all stages of the supply system.

Our area of operations

Our water supply network covers the areas of Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Dungog and small parts of Singleton.

Hunter Water's area of operations map

Did you know?

We manage an asset base of more than $2.5 billion worth of infrastructure, including 10,000 kilometres of water and sewer mains.