Their responsibilities include:

  • the supply of drinking and recycled water, and the removal and treatment of sewage and trade waste – known as ‘urban’ water services
  • water delivery for irrigation, domestic and stock purposes, drainage and salinity mitigation – known as ‘rural’ water services.

Some water corporations also provide water for environmental purposes, manage bulk water storages and designated recreational areas, and help the Minister for Water operate the Victorian Water Register.

Water corporations operate and maintain infrastructure that enables them to perform their responsibilities, including treatment plants, pumping stations, pipes, channels, reservoirs, dams, gates and meters. Find out more below.

Sector snapshot

Victorian Water Corporation Statistics. *Service area of 227,600 km squared. *Population of 6.4 million served. *Annual Revenue of $6.2 billion. * 5,773 employees. *2.74 million urban customers, of which 94% are residential. * 571 billion litres of drinking water supplied of which 70% is residential. * 55,595 rural customers. *4,069 billion litres of rural water supplied

Source: Data collated from 2017-18 water corporation Annual Reports. (Excluding Service Area, sourced from Visit Victoria as at October 2018.)

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