Regulation of SA Water

Regulation of SA Water

Water and sewerage services in South Australia are regulated by a number of regulators, with responsibility for:

  • Health and safety
  • Water quality
  • The environment
  • Natural resources
  • Technical standards
  • Customer protection, pricing and service standards

The Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA) are an independent regulator who issue water retail licences to water and sewerage service retailers, set minimum standards to protect consumers, and carry out price determinations to ensure the prices customers pay are fair and reasonable for the services they receive.

To do this, ESCOSA requires SA Water to submit a Regulatory Business Proposal for each Regulatory Period. A regulatory business period has a duration of four years. We are committed to putting our customers at the heart of everything we do. Our business plans are developed with and for our customers so that they reflect the services and outcomes they want us to prioritise, when there are associated costs and outcomes for these services. To achieve this, we engage extensively with our customers and stakeholders in a variety of ways. Our Regulatory Business Proposal also reflects the requirements set by our regulators. The most recent determination can be found here, and this is what it means for customers during this regulatory period from 2016-2020.

We're in the process of preparing our next submission for the period 2020 – 2024, (Regulatory Business Proposal 2020), and are engaging with our customers and stakeholders as part of this process.

As well as setting the service standards and maximum revenue we can earn from customer prices, ESCOSA monitors our performance against its determination through performance reporting processes. Our performance scorecards are published on a quarterly basis, and our Annual Regulatory Performance Reports are available via the ESCOSA website.

If you would like any more information on how we are regulated, please contact us.

  • Major faults

  • Underway

  • Multiple streets
  • Goolwa
  • 19/10/2017
  • Water Quality
  • SA Water customers in Goolwa and surrounding areas, including Goolwa Beach, Goolwa South, Goolwa North and Hindmarsh Island may currently be experiencing discoloured or milky water coming out of their taps.

    This water remains safe to drink.

    During recent planned maintenance in the area, some existing sediment in the local water supply network has been stirred up, resulting in the discoloured water.

    We are working hard to resolve the issue, and we are flushing out the discoloured water. Given the size of the water network in the area, this may take some time. At this stage, we are hoping water supply will return to normal by Friday afternoon.

    We will continue to monitor the situation, and provide updates on our website and Facebook page.

    For further information or any questions, please contact us on 1300 SA WATER.

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  • Scheduled works

  • Underway
  • Meyer St
  • Torrensville
  • 23/10/2017
  • Supply Interruption
  • Estimated start time (water off): 26/10/2017 09:00 PM
    Estimated restore time (water back on): 27/10/2017 05:00 AM

    We’re committed to improving your services and are undertaking maintenance work in Torrensville. Water supply in the surrounding area may be impacted during the above times. Traffic restrictions may also apply.


  • See all scheduled works