Shoalhaven Water owns and maintains over 2,400 kilometres of water and sewer pipelines, treatment plants, pumping stations, dams and other vital infrastructure.
The administration, operating and maintenance costs for our systems continue whether a property is connected to our network 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.