Metro Pricing

Wholesale pricing for Sydney Water and Hunter Water

Review completed
Start Date
Jun 2015
Media release on Final Report
Jun 2017

IPART has reviewed the prices Sydney Water and Hunter Water can charge for wholesale water and sewerage services. These services are purchased by wholesale customers who use them to provide water and sewerage services to their own end-use (or ‘retail’) customers, such as households and businesses.

Key contact:
Anita Payne
02 9113 7783



Competition in the NSW water market has emerged in recent years due to the Water Industry Competition Act 2006. To support entry into the market, IPART is setting wholesale water and sewerage prices for the first time.


We have sought to encourage entry into the water and sewerage market where this will ultimately deliver benefits to customers.

Our regulatory framework for wholesale prices comprises three components: 

  • system-wide prices for on-selling water and sewerage services for new schemes without a recycled water plant, to apply from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2021
  • scheme-specific price reviews, and
  • unregulated pricing agreements.
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