Yarra Valley Water is one of Australia’s largest water utilities,
Yarra Valley Water is required to monitor compliance with the
providing essential water and sanitation services to more than
obligations set out in the Statement, report on non-compliance
1.8 million people and 50,000 businesses. We manage more
and take remedial action in relation to non-compliance.
than $4.7 billion of infrastructure across approximately 4,000
The Essential Services Commission is the economic regulator
square kilometres. Our service area covers most of Melbourne’s
of the Victorian water sector. The Commission’s role includes
northern and eastern suburbs, from Wallan in the north to
the regulation of prices, service standards and market conduct
Warburton in the east.
across the water industry in Victoria. Yarra Valley Water is
On 1 July 2012, Yarra Valley Water become a statutory
subject to regulation by the Commission.
corporation, incorporated under the Water Act 1989. Our
We buy bulk water from Melbourne Water, which is mostly
activities are overseen by an independent Board of Directors,
harvested from protected mountain catchments. We are also
appointed by the State Government of Victoria.
responsible for removing and treating sewage. Most sewage
During the 2016-17 financial year, we were accountable to the
is transferred to Melbourne Water’s Eastern or Western
Minister for Water, the Hon Lisa Neville MP.
Treatment Plants. The rest is treated at our 10 regional
plants, several of which recycle water for use in homes,
Yarra Valley Water’s obligations regarding the performance of
sports fields and public spaces.
its functions and the exercise of its statutory powers are defined
in the Statement of Obligations, issued by the Minister in
accordance with Section 4I (2) of the Water Industry Act 1994.