Melbourne utilities City West Water (CWW) and Western Water (WW) will integrate to form a new water provider.
To be known as Greater Western Water, the Victorian Government said the new entity will have the financial resources and staff to cope with the region’s population growth and demand for new infrastructure, while household water bills would also be reduced.
The state government said no jobs will be lost in the transition and communities currently served by WW will have a greater access to Melbourne’s water system.
“We are prioritising the liveability and affordability needs of our customers and community to ensure they continue to receive the services they need and value at an affordable price into the future,” said WW Chair Andrew Cairns.
“It will also boost local employment opportunities and allow for an upgrade to our Sunbury office.”
Victorian Minister for Water Lisa Neville said the integration would lead to better services and greater water security.
“We will protect existing jobs at both water corporations and continue to promote growth for the local economy, to ensure these reforms provide a sustainable future for the region,” she said.
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