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Marchment Hill Consulting (MHC) brings deep knowledge of all aspects of the water industry, including irrigation, wholesale and retail businesses, governance, markets and regulation, and private sector participation. Our water sector experts understand the industry pressures for increased funding for growth and renewal, customer centricity, and improved productivity and efficiency.. These pressures are accompanied by…


It’s all about the benefit – Lessons learned from outsourcing in the water industry

Outsourcing, typically of maintenance services, has become widespread practice for cost reduction and service level performance improvement in the water industry. Some water businesses are now entering the third, or even fourth, generation of outsourced services while others are just starting to consider and test the benefits that may be available. Viewed on a continuum,…



Extracting value from uncertainty

Perhaps climate change is not the only reason, but there is fresh attention being paid to the challenges of uncertainty in water management and supply. Like its counterpart, risk, uncertainty can generate opportunity as well as downside. Intelligent networks help generate opportunity from uncertainty, as they give us the means to link distributed system awareness,…


Optimising the delivery of the Asset Renewal Program for a major water authority

Recent Engagement: Our client, a large water authority in Australia with a significant capital works program, introduced a new contracting model in early 2012 to deliver its Asset Renewal Program. The program was introduced with the objective of realising improved cost efficiency and value for money, optimising project delivery timeframes, enhancing its position as an…




Value chain analysis of the Capital Planning and Delivery function for Melbourne Water Corporation

Melbourne Water Corporation, a bulk water authority in Victoria, engaged Marchment Hill Consulting (MHC) to conduct value chain analysis of its Capital Planning and Delivery function. This function was responsible for delivering $3.5b of capital expenditure over a 5-year period. Value chain analysis was conducted in the following areas: strategic planning; program planning; business needs…


Water privatisation by stealth?

In the past few decades, private or hybrid ownership models have become the norm for electricity generation, energy retail and telecommunication assets. Road infrastructure and electricity networks are still largely in public hands, but privatisation is gradually happening in these sectors too, and is now more widely accepted as legitimate and safe by the community….


Is your future sourcing strategy based on outsourcing the operations and maintenance workforce?

The level of attention being directed towards service delivery models in the Australian water industry is currently at unprecedented levels, with most large water businesses now either actively assessing options for the delivery of operations and maintenance (O&M) services, or well down the path of implementing these new options. It is timely, therefore, to examine…