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Vacant Land Service Charges

All property owners who have Shoalhaven Water services available to them are required to pay a service availability charge, even on vacant land. Water usage charges will apply once your property is connected with a water meter and usage recorded.

Shoalhaven Water owns and maintains over 2,400 kilometres of water and sewer pipelines, treatment plants, pumping stations, dams and other vital infrastructure. 

Water and sewerage schemes are significant constructions and in recent years over $200m has been expended in providing the availability of these services to village areas in the Shoalhaven.

The administration, operating and maintenance costs for schemes continue whether a property owner connects or is yet to develop. It is necessary to charge all properties where the service is available a fixed component and this pricing methodology complies with the IPART Pricing Principles and the NSW Government Water Supply and Sewerage Pricing Guidelines. It also accords with Section 552 of the Local Government Act which can be viewed online here

The Act is so written noting that water and sewerage schemes are significant constructions, with costs that include pumping stations, land purchases, mains and treatment plants. It is not possible for a city to pay for the construction works whilst charging on the basis of individual property owner’s connection, when at a point in time they choose to utilise it.

It is therefore necessary to levy this charge at the time of the service becoming available in order to fully pay for the scheme, its operation and associated costs. The administration, operating and maintenance costs for the scheme continue whether a property owner connects or is yet to develop the site.

What do I need to do to connect my property?

When your property is ready to be connected to Shoalhaven Water’s pipeline network you, or your plumber, will need to submit a Water Meter Services Application form. For more information on connections visit the Building & Developing Section of this website under Water & Sewer Connections.