Wellington Water was established in September 2014 and was the result of a merger between Greater Wellington Regional Council’s water supply group and Capacity Infrastructure Services.
We're owned by the Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Wellington city councils, South Wairarapa District Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council. The councils are all equal shareholders.
Our role is to manage the drinking water, wastewater and stormwater services of our council owners.
A representative from each authority sits on the Wellington Water Committee that provides overall leadership and direction for the company.
The company is governed by a board of independent directors.
With around 200 full time employees, Wellington Water represents the largest body of expertise in water infrastructure services management in New Zealand, outside of Auckland. The shared service approach delivers benefits to our shareholders and their communities through cost savings, resilience and expertise that individual councils could not achieve on their own.
Wellington Water does not own any drinking water, stormwater, wastewater or bulk water assets. Nor do we set policies or control rates or user charges. These functions remain with the local councils and Greater Wellington Regional Council.
Our staff have a commitment to quality and value and have extensive institutional knowledge of the three waters. Many of our people worked in the councils we now advise, and have excellent working relationships in and knowledge of the local government sector. We are proud of our strengths and we also recognise the importance of recruiting and retaining skilled engineers and project managers with water industry knowledge.