Water and Sewerage Capital Contributions Code

Previously, there was inequity in the way costs were recovered when a development triggered a water or sewerage asset augmentation. If a developer triggered an upgrade for Class 2 assets (see below for more info), they were asked to pay for the full cost of new water and sewerage infrastructure as a “last man standing” rule.

The Water and Sewerage Capital Contribution Code formalises arrangements for contributions that developers pay towards future water and sewerage infrastructure upgrades that will be necessitated by urban redevelopment and increased housing density in established suburbs (within precinct).

Capital contributions for developments within the precinct (brown coloured areas) ensure that new customers pay a share of the costs of connecting them to the network. This achieves two things: first, it ensures that existing customers are not disadvantaged (with higher costs or reduced amenity) by the connection of new customers; and second, it provides a price signal to prospective developers that is broadly reflective of the infrastructure costs associated with urban infill developments across the Territory.

The current WSCC charge for financial year 2019-2020 is $1200 per net increase in Equivalent Population (EP) that is within precinct. This charge is reviewed yearly and not applicable if there is no increase in EP or if the transition period applies as defined below.

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  • Why does Canberra have the Capital Contributions Code?

    Previously, there was inequity in the way costs were recovered for developments that triggered water and sewerage asset augmentation or upgrade in established areas.

    As Canberra has grown the last 50 years, the capacity of the water and sewer network was designed to meet the needs of each suburb.  However the recent shift in planning policy, to increase urban renewal and infill, is placing significant demand on our network to service existing suburbs.

    Prior to the Code, if a developer triggered an upgrade they were asked to pay for the full cost to augment network infrastructure. This meant that developers who built before or after an upgrade did not pay any contribution. Now with the Code, the costs are shared across new developments within established suburbs that contribute to a net increase in network demand.

    The Code enables Icon Water to sustainably fund the growth of our network and community in Canberra’s established areas.

  • How is the charge calculated?

    The charge applies to all developments within Icon Water’s highlighted map area that increase the number of Equivalent Population (EP) on a site. See whether your property is in the highlighted map area using the precinct map.

    Are you in the highlighted precinct map area?

    Use the calculator to estimate the charge

     

    Please note: Additional charges for smaller water and sewerage assets still apply as per the Icon Water Miscellaneous Fees and Charges


  • What are Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 assets?

    (1)“Class 1 Infrastructure” means large scale headwork assets required by a Utility in order to provide services to Customers including:

    a.for a Water Utility, works relating to provision of the following
    infrastructure:

    i.dams, weirs and associated assets;
    ii.raw water pumping stations, pipelines and associated assets(upstream of a treatment plant);
    iii.water treatment plants;
    iv.bulk supply mains that feed the first reservoir or pressure management infrastructure from the treatment plant (pump station or valve farm);
    v.any other infrastructure the Water Utility deems to be headwork assets;

    b.for a Sewerage Utility, works relating to provision of the following
    infrastructure:

    i.gravity sewers that are 750mm diameter or greater and associated assets (including ventilation systems, etc);
    ii.sewerage treatment plants and associated assets;
    iii.treated effluent outfalls and associated assets; or
    iv.any other infrastructure the Sewerage Utility deems to be headwork assets.

    (2)“Class 2 Infrastructure” means the shared assets that are not Class 1 Infrastructure or Class 3 Infrastructure and which are required by a Utility to
    provide services to one or more Customers in connection with one or more Developments, including:

    a.for a Water Utility, works relating to provision of the following
    infrastructure:

    i.water mains downstream of Class 2 Infrastructure and greater than 200mm diameter and associated assets
    ii.water reservoirs and pressure management systems;
    iii.water pumping stations and associated assets that are deployed on Class 1 Infrastructure and Class 2 Infrastructure pipe assets or feeding from Class 3 Infrastructure to a water reservoir in another pressure zone;
    iv.any other infrastructure the Water Utility deems to be shared assets;

    b.for a Sewerage Utility, works relating to provision of the following
    infrastructure:

    i.sewers that are between 300mm diameter and 750mm diameter and associated assets (including ventilation systems, etc)
    ii.sewage pumping stations and associated assets;
    iii.emergency storage and flow attenuation tanks and associated assets;
    iv.any other infrastructure the Sewerage Utility deems to be shared assets.

    (3)“Class 3 Infrastructure” means the reticulation assets required by a Water Utility or a Sewerage Utility to connect a Customer to water and
    sewerage services including:

    a.for a Water Utility, works relating to provision of the following
    infrastructure:

    i.water mains that are 200mm or less in diameter;
    ii.water pumping stations and associated assets that do not meet the Class 2 Infrastructure definition;
    iii.pressure reducing assets on the Water Utility’s Class 3 Infrastructure;
    iv.onsite assets including water tanks and associated assets; or
    v.any other infrastructure the Water Utility deems to be reticulation assets; or

    b.for a Sewerage Utility, works relating to provision of the following infrastructure:

    i.sewers that are less than 300mm in diameter;
    ii.onsite assets including sewage storage capacity and internal sewage pumping stations; or
    iii.any other infrastructure the Sewerage Utility deems to be reticulation assets.

  • What do I need to do?

    1.When you submit an External Services Plan for In-Principle acceptance, we will identify whether your development falls into the scheme, and will write you a letter to confirm.

    2.When submitting your External Services Plan for Detail Design, we will verify the charge and write to you with an estimate of existing and new EP and your estimated charge.

    3.Let us know 90 days before your development is completed or requires connection to our network on 02 6248 3111 (option 3) or email wscc@iconwater.com.au. We will then send you an invoice for the WSCC charge, which needs to be paid before we can connect you to the water and sewerage networks.

  • Where do I get more information?

    See the FAQs Capital Contributions Code December 2017 for all the information about how it works. Otherwise, talk to us on 02 6248 3111 (option 3) or email HydraulicAssetAcceptance@iconwater.com.au.