Our history

MidCoast Water was formed in July 1997 as a county council, as a result of reforms to the State electricity network.

The new organisation took on the staff, assets and former responsibilities from three authorities:

  • NorthPower's water supply systems
  • Greater Taree City Council's sewerage network
  • Great Lakes Council's water and sewerage facilities.

In 2011 MidCoast Water's service area expanded to take on the water and sewer functions of Gloucester Shire Council.

In July 2017 MidCoast Water became a division of MidCoast Council, which formed in 2016 as a merger of Greater Taree, Great Lakes and Gloucester Shire Council and covered the same region as MidCoast Water.

Now we service an area of some 10,000 square kilometres, from North Karuah to Johns River taking in the communities of Taree, Wingham, Harrington, Forster, Tuncurry, Bulahdelah, Stroud, Gloucester, Barrington and Tea Gardens including surrounding villages.

MidCoast Water is responsible for reticulated water supply and sewerage systems in the Manning, Gloucester  and Great Lakes areas.

The main water supply is derived from the Manning River, serving urban settlements from Crowdy Head to Pacific Palms. Smaller water supply schemes operate at Bulahdelah, Stroud, Gloucester and Tea Gardens.