Water and sewer charges

1. Overview

A usage charge applies to all properties connected to Council water supply and sewer services system.

Usage is recorded through a meter connected to the property.

Water meter accessibility

Please ensure that the water meter on your property is easy to access and not overgrown with plants or behind a locked gate.

If your water meter is not easily accessed due to fences, locked gates or the presence of dogs, please contact Council to arrange alternative access or to discuss remote reading options.

If the meter cannot be found or read, usage charges may be averaged based on previous meter readings. The owner may also be charged an estimate read fee and may be liable for costs incurred if Council is required to clear the meter 

2. Residential

All water used by residential properties will be charged based on an inclining tariff:

  • the first 450kl per reading year is charged at a rate of $2.47 per kl (1,000 litres)  
  • all usage above 450kl per reading year is charged at the rate of $3.70 per kilolitre.

Sewerage usage is charged for all water recorded through the meter at a rate of $1.85 per kl (1,000 litres). 

Pension rebates

Ratepayers who are eligible pensioners may be entitled to a concession off the water usage charges. This rebate is mainly taken from the water fixed charge, which is levied on your rates and charges notice.

3. Non-residential

Non-residential properties are charged at the rate of $2.65 for all water used.

The sewer usage charge for non-residential properties is $2.47.

Non-residential sewerage usage is calculated using the Sewer Discharge Factor which applies to the property. The discharge factor is applied to the total water usage and reflects the percentage of water which is discharged into the sewerage system.

4. Liquid trade waste 

The liquid trade waste usage charge is $2.24. 

Liquid trade waste is calculated using the Liquid Trade Waste Discharge Factor applicable to the property applied to the total water usage.