Our History & Heritage

The Hunter Water that exists today has had a long and rich history from its humble beginnings in the 1880s when water was first delivered to Newcastle from a temporary pumping station on the Hunter River at Oakhampton.

The constitution of the first Board was approved in 1892 and New South Wales' second water authority was born. We are governed under the State Owned Corporations Act 1989 and in 1992 the Hunter District Water Board was corporatised under the Hunter Water Act 1991 and began trading as it is known today - Hunter Water Corporation.

Our History - A Timeline of Events 

We are proud of our long history of service to the local community, our environmental stewardship, our record of leadership in water industry reform and the individual and collective contribution and achievements of our staff and partners.

Our Heritage Assets

Hunter Water's heritage assets represent a rich heritage of over 100 years of work to collect, treat and deliver fresh water to consumers, remove, treat and dispose of the region's wastewater, and maintain efficient and effective drainage of stormwater.