The Water Services Association of Australia (WSSA) has announced a new committee structure which introduces the new Utility Excellence Committee (UEC), covering all internal business levers that water utilities have direct control over.

These new WSSA committees aim to help overcome future challenges in the water industry.

The new committee structure includes:

  • The Customer and Industry Leadership Committee (CILC)
  • The Liveable Communities Committee (LCC)
  • The Utility Excellence Committee (UEC).

In addition to these three committees, a Strategic Priorities Committee will provide strategic oversight to ensure the priorities are current and future focused and investment is in projects that deliver greatest value to members.

The UEC will continue the work of the Asset Management Committee and the People and Capability Committee.

The key focus areas of the UEC will include:

  •      People and culture
  •      Customer value chain
  •      Financial performance
  •      Asset management and optimisation
  •      Organisational structure
  •      The future shape of water utilities

The UEC will meet for the first time on 22 and 23 of August 2016 with a focus on developing the committee work plan for the next few years, and a review of the current asset management network structure.

The WSAA Networks report to each committee and it is expected that there will be a transition period for the new network structure until May 2017.

Existing networks will continue to meet in 2016 to focus on transitioning to the new structure, deliver current projects and discuss any potential future projects.

Lauren brings a fresh approach to content. While she’s previously written for publications as diverse as Australian Geographic, The Border Watch and Girlfriend, she’s found her true passion in her current role as an editor in the world of energy and infrastructure trade magazines.

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