We were established on 1 July 2010 as a statutory body to be a distributor-retailer under the provision of the South East Queensland Water (Distribution and Retail Restructuring) Act 2009 and as a service provider under the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008.

Our shareholders are Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, and Somerset councils.

Urban Utilities is governed by an independent Board.

The water industry in South East Queensland

On 1 January 2013, the environment in which Urban Utilities operates was reformed under the South East Queensland Water (Restructuring) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2012. The reform saw three South East Queensland bulk water entities (Seqwater, LinkWater and the SEQ Water Grid Manager) amalgamated into one bulk water supplier, Seqwater. It also abolished the Queensland Water Commission.

The South East Queensland water industry as at 1 January 2013