2019–2020 water and sewerage pricing

June 14, 2019

Today the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) released their decision on the price of water and sewerage services in the ACT for 2019–20. 

From 1 July 2019 the combined water and sewerage bill for a typical Canberra household (using 200kL of water per year) will increase by 1.9%, broadly in line with inflation. This means an increase of around $22 a year, or 43 cents a week. The key drivers for the price adjustment have been the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and government charges. 

“Icon Water will continue to deliver our customers’ priority outcomes of quality drinking water, reliable supply, great customer service, environmental sustainability and value for money,” said Ray Hezkial, Icon Water Managing Director. 

“This price change is part of a five year direction set by the ICRC for 2018–2023. In setting prices, the ICRC takes into account the changing costs of delivering water to the region (more than 52 billion litres in 2017-18) and treating the sewage of almost half a million people. This includes capital works to upgrade our assets, including more than 6000km of pipes and a range of plants, pumping stations and reservoirs. 

“For example, throughout 2019-20 Icon Water expects to spend more than $10 million upgrading the tertiary filters and disinfection system at Canberra’s primary sewage treatment plant. This will make sure sewage is cleaned and treated to stringent standards before it’s released back into the Molonglo River. 

“We also expect to spend more than $16 million replacing water and sewer mains which have reached the end of their life. Using a targeted program to identify the most at-risk pipes, we can minimise the likelihood of bursts, blockages and overflows which are disruptive for our customers and expensive to fix.” 

“These works are important for delivering our services, but at the same time we are committed to keeping bills down,” said Mr Hezkial. 

For more information on how water and sewerage pricing is set, visit http://ourprices.iconwater.com.au

 

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