Yarra Valley Water is Melbourne’s largest retail water utility,
Yarra Valley Water’s obligations regarding the performance
providing essential water and sanitation services to more than
of its functions and the exercise of its statutory powers are
1.8 million people.
defined in the Statement of Obligations, issued by the Minister
in accordance with Section 4I (2) of the Water Industry Act
We manage more than $3.6 billion of infrastructure across
1994. Yarra Valley Water is required to monitor compliance
approximately 4,000 square kilometres. Our service area
with the obligations set out in the Statement, report on
covers most of Melbourne’s northern and eastern suburbs,
non-compliance and take remedial action in relation to
from Wallan in the north to Warburton in the east.
On 1 July 2012, Yarra Valley Water became a statutory
The Essential Services Commission is the economic regulator
corporation, incorporated under the Water Act 1989.
of the Victorian water sector. The Commission’s role includes
Our activities are overseen by an independent Board of
the regulation of prices, service standards and market
Directors, appointed by the State Government of Victoria.
conduct across the water industry in Victoria. Yarra Valley
Water is subject to regulation by the Commission.
During the 2015 -16 financial year, we were accountable
to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water,
We buy bulk water from Melbourne Water for distribution
the Hon Lisa Neville MP for the period 1 July 2015 to
to our customers. We are also responsible for removing and
22 May 2016 and to the Minister for Water, the Hon
treating sewage. Most sewage is transferred to Melbourne
Lisa Neville MP from 23 May 2016 to 30 June 2016.
Water’s Eastern or Western Treatment Plants. The rest is
treated at our nine regional plants, several of which recycle
water for use in homes, sports fields and public spaces.
YARRA VALLEY WATER SERVICE AREA
YARRA VALLEY WATER COUNCIL BOUNDARIES
YARRA VALLEY WATER
PORT PHILLIP BAY
SOUTH EAST WATER
YARRA VALLEY WATER ANNUAL REPORT 2015-16