Best practice management
A local water utility which demonstrates best practice management by achieving the outcomes required by the NSW Best-Practice Management of Water Supply and Sewerage Framework (PDF, 23.9 KB) will have effective and sustainable water supply and sewerage businesses.
The NSW best practice management framework is the key driver for reform of planning and management and for continuing performance improvement. The 19 requirements of the framework are shown in the Best-Practice Management of Water Supply and Sewerage Guidelines (PDF 1.7 MB), which involve the following elements:
- Integrated Water Cycle Management
- Strategic business planning
- Regulation and pricing of water supply, sewerage and trade waste
- Water conservation
- Drought management
- Performance monitoring
Compliance with the NSW best practice management framework is a prerequisite for payment of an 'efficiency dividend' from the surplus of a utility's water supply or sewerage business to the council's general revenue. Local water utilities are encouraged to pay such a dividend which will move them towards 'upper bound' pricing, which is required under the National Water Initiative, where practicable.
Compliance with the framework is also a requirement for financial assistance towards the capital cost of backlog infrastructure under the NSW Government's Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program.
For more information, or to discuss any aspect of best practice management, contact an urban water officer.
Streamlined NSW Best-Practice Management of Water Supply and Sewerage Framework - Briefing seminar for consultants 24 March 2015
The NSW Office of Water held a one-day seminar to brief consultants and other interested parties on the recently streamlined NSW Best-Practice Management (BPM) of Water Supply and Sewerage Framework. The BPM Framework enables the local water utilities in regional NSW to drive productivity improvement and continue to implement appropriate, affordable and cost-effective water supply and sewerage services. The seminar will address the recently streamlined requirements of the BPM Framework and the tools, systems and processes needed to achieve best-practice in water planning, including total asset management and sound financial planning and pricing.
The seminar was valuable for consultants wishing to assist a NSW local water utility to prepare an IWCM Strategy or Strategic Business Plan, which will include implementing the requirements of the Framework.
The seminar was held on 24 March 2015. Download the Seminar program (PDF 80 KB).
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