Eurobodalla Shire Council has been named the state's most improved water utility provider.
The suburbs of Guerilla Bay, Rosedale, and Bodalla led the way in securing the Sam Samra Award for the shire at the Local Government NSW water conference in Albury on September 3.
Planned improvements to water and sewerage at Potato Point and Nelligen also contributed to the award.
The council's water and sewer team was chosen from 89 NSW water utilities for implementing an Integrated Water-Cycle Management Strategy and customer service.
Infrastructure director Warren Sharpe accepted the award with divisional manager Brett Corven and project engineer Harvey Lane.
"Council's water and sewer team spent four years to produce the plans which outline major works, operational requirements and form the basis for pricing arrangements - including consideration of the impact of climate change - with a 30-year projection, " Mr Sharpe said.
"The team have completed major technical reviews of sewerage treatment plants, sometimes requiring innovative temporary arrangements to keep treatment operational.
"We've been successful in working with the NSW Government to attract grant funding to reduce the cost burden to ratepayers; with our community well positioned for the future."
Mr Sharpe said the design of the Eurobodalla Southern Storage, a 3000ML off-river facility behind Bodalla, had been completed, and was one of only two projects in the running for state and federal co-funding during the 2019 election campaigns.