2020-21 Water Pricing

2020-21 Water Pricing

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has reviewed prices for WaterNSW’s Services (and those of its subsidiaries) for the 2020-21 financial year. To learn more about IPART’s reviews, view the Issues Paper and relevant details or to have your say on pricing proposals, visit IPART’s website at ipart.nsw.gov.au.

View WaterNSW’s prices from 01 July 2020 to 30 June 2021:

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) of NSW has made its determination of WaterNSW prices for the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2024 for bulk water services in Greater Sydney. A copy of the determination can be located on the IPART website.

WaterNSW charges to large customers for 2020-21 * (i.e. Sydney Water Corporation)
CHARGING COMPONENT*** UNIT PRICE

Fixed Availability Charge*

$/Month

$13,384,337

Volumetric charge (30 day non-drought month)

$/ML

$71.80

Volumetric charge (31 day non-drought month)

$/ML

$69.49

Volumetric charge (30 day drought month)

$/ML

$85.91

Volumetric charge (31 day drought month)

$/ML

$83.14

**Volumetric charge (30 day drought month with SDP in full operation)

$/ML

$108.16

**Volumetric charge (31 day drought month with SDP in full operation)

$/ML

$103.80


* the fixed availability charge assumes one large customer in the Greater Sydney catchment area (i.e Sydney Water Corporation). If the large customer base expands during the 2020-24 determination period, then the fixed availability charge will be levied on each large customer in proportion of their share of total water delivered to large customers in the Greater Sydney catchment area.

** these are indicative charges which assumes SDP delivers the maximum amount per month (7,980 MLs) as per clause 3 of the determination. If the volume of water delivered by SDP is less than 7,980 MLs, then the volumetric charge is scaled down in proportion to the actual volume of water deliver by SDP. The actual volume of water delivered by SDP must be notified to WaterNSW by all large customers no later than 5 business days after the end of the relevant month.

*** The charges above exclude Shoalhaven transfer costs, which are recovered through an additional volumetric charge determined under clause 3 of the determination document. Shoalhaven transfer costs are determined by reference to the efficient benchmark cost of electricity as determined by IPART.

The indicative charges do not apply when:

  • Numbers of days in a month that are not equal to 30 or 31
  • Numbers of drought days in a month not equal to the length of the month

In these cases, the volumetric charge will be recalculated in accordance with clause 3 of the determination.

Charges are billed quarterly in arrears, payment terms for all invoices is 30 days from the date of issue. For more information on our billing terms and conditions, or if you are having difficulties paying your water bill, please refer to waternsw.com.au/payments.

WaterNSW charges to councils for 2020-21
CUSTOMER TYPE CHARGING COMPONENT UNIT PRICE

Wingecarribee Shire Council

Service Charge

Fixed Availability Charge

$/Month

$84,435.00

Bulk raw water 

Volumetric Charge
Drought Response Days*

$/ML

$63.17

Bulk raw water 

Volumetric Charge
Non-Drought Response Days

$/ML

$52.78

Shoalhaven City Council

Service Charge

Fixed Availability Charge

$/Month

$1,583.00

Bulk raw water 

Volumetric Charge
Drought Response Days*

$/ML

$63.17

Bulk raw water 

Volumetric Charge
Non-Drought Response Days

$/ML

$52.78

Goulburn Mulwaree Council

Service Charge

Fixed Availability Charge

$/Month

$1,900.00

Bulk raw water 

Volumetric Charge
Drought Response Days*

$/ML

$63.17

Bulk raw water 

Volumetric Charge
Non-Drought Response Days

$/ML

$52.78

WaterNSW charges for Greater Sydney 2020-21
TYPE CHARGING COMPONENT NOMINAL DIAMETER UNIT PRICE
Service charge

Fixed Availability Charge for connection of nominal diameter

20 mm

$/Annum

$101.92

25 mm

$/Annum

$159.25

30 mm

$/Annum

$229.32

32 mm

$/Annum

$260.92

40 mm

$/Annum

$407.68

50 mm

$/Annum

$637.00

80 mm

$/Annum

$1,630.72

100 mm

$/Annum

$2,548.00

150 mm

$/Annum

$5,733.00

200 mm

$/Annum

$10,192.00

>200 mm

$/Annum

(nominal diameter)2 x 20mm charge/400

Bulk unfiltered water

Volumetric Charge

 

$/kL

$1.39 for drought response days*

$1.16 for non-drought response days

Bulk raw water

Volumetric Charge

 

$/kL

$0.80 for drought response days

$0.67 for non-drought response days


Note: Pricing as determined by the Independent Regulatory and Pricing Tribunal (IPART).

IPART use the term ‘drought’ as a shorthand for when dam levels fall below 60%.

IPART have implemented a ‘60/70 trigger’ for moving between non-drought and drought usage prices. That is, drought usage prices will apply 31 days after dam levels fall below 60% and would continue to apply until 31 days after dam levels are above 70%, at which the non-drought usage price would apply.

*Drought Response Day means a day that falls within a period which commences on and includes a Trigger Day and ends on and includes the day before the next Cease Day

IPART charges for Water NSW Infrastructure Pty Ltd from 1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021
Access Usage
Essential Energy $66,564.54 - per day $216.44 - per ML
Non Essential Energy $20.56 - per day $0.22 - per kL

# Pricing as determined by the Independent Regulatory and Pricing Tribunal (IPART)

Charges are billed quarterly in arrears, payment terms for all invoices is 30 days from the date of issue. For more information on our billing terms and conditions, or if you are having difficulties paying your water bill, please refer to waternsw.com.au/payments.


IPART has deferred rural charges for regulated, unregulated, groundwater and Fish River customers for a further three months. Existing prices will remain in place until 30 September 2021.

View WaterNSW’s prices from 01 July 2020 to 30 September 2021:

WaterNSW Regulated River prices for 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021

All prices are per megalitre

RIVER / VALLEY HIGH SECURITY GENERAL SECURITY USAGE
 

Border

WaterNSW Charges $5.74 $2.13 $5.86
Border Rivers Commission Charges $4.97 $1.85 $0.84
WAMC# charges collected by WaterNSW $2.28 $2.28 $1.78
Total charges collected by WaterNSW** $12.99 $6.26 $8.48
 

Gwydir

WaterNSW Charges $11.93 $3.75 $12.79
WAMC# charges collected by WaterNSW $1.62 $1.62 $1.40
Total charges collected by WaterNSW** $13.55 $5.37 $14.19
 

Namoi

WaterNSW Charges $18.40 $8.58 $21.52
WAMC# charges collected by WaterNSW $2.73 $2.73 $1.84
Total charges collected by WaterNSW** $21.13 $11.31 $23.36
 

Peel

WaterNSW Charges $44.77 $4.33 $19.78
WAMC# charges collected by WaterNSW $2.67 $2.67 $4.76
Total charges collected by WaterNSW** $47.44 $7.00 $24.54
 

Macquarie

WaterNSW Charges $14.55 $3.07 $14.84
WAMC# charges collected by WaterNSW $1.71 $1.71 $1.85
Total charges collected by WaterNSW** $16.26 $4.78 $16.69
 

Lachlan and Belubula

WaterNSW Charges $16.56 $2.94 $20.51
WAMC# charges collected by WaterNSW $1.43 $1.43 $1.92
Total charges collected by WaterNSW** $17.99 $4.37 $22.43
 

Murrumbidgee

(excluding Yanco and Colombo Creek Users)
WaterNSW Charges $3.18 $1.19 $3.57
Murray-Darling Basin Authority Charges $1.73 $0.65 $0.33
WAMC# charges collected by WaterNSW $1.41 $1.41 $0.94
Total charges collected by WaterNSW** $6.32 $3.25 $4.84
 

Murrumbidgee

(Yanco and Colombo Creek Users only)
WaterNSW Charges $3.18 $1.19 $3.57
Murray-Darling Basin Authority Charges $1.73 $0.65 $0.33
Yanco Creek and Tributaries Advisory Council (YACTAC) Charges ## $0.90 $0.90 N/A
WAMC# charges collected by WaterNSW $1.41 $1.41 $0.94
Total charges collected by WaterNSW** $7.22 $4.15 $4.84
 

Lowbidgee

WaterNSW Charges+ N/A $0.84 N/A
WAMC# charges collected by WaterNSW+ N/A N/A $0.94
Total charges collected by WaterNSW** N/A $0.84 $0.94
+levied on supplementary licences
 

Murray and Lower Darling

WaterNSW Charges $1.66 $0.81 $2.06
Murray-Darling Basin Authority Charges $7.83 $3.83 $1.61
WAMC# charges collected by WaterNSW $1.54 $1.54 $1.10
Total charges collected by WaterNSW** $11.03 $6.18 $4.77
 

North Coast *

WaterNSW Charges $12.69 $9.83 $18.77
WAMC# charges collected by WaterNSW $3.97 $3.97 $6.12
Total charges collected by WaterNSW** $16.66 $13.80 $24.89
 

South Coast *

WaterNSW Charges $33.19 $17.41 $18.60
WAMC# charges collected by WaterNSW $3.34 $3.34 $5.32
Total charges collected by WaterNSW** $36.53 $20.75 $23.92
 

Hunter and Paterson *

WaterNSW Charges $14.15 $10.98 $13.60
WAMC# charges collected by WaterNSW $3.12 $3.12 $2.14
Total charges collected by WaterNSW** $17.27 $14.10 $15.74

(Minimum annual charge $213.74)

View a break down of which licence categories are billed within High Security and General Security (PDF).

# Water Administration Ministerial Corporation

** All prices determined by IPART for WAMC

## Yanco Colombo System Levy – an additional charge applies to Yanco Colombo System licences – charged in the final quarter bill based on $0.90 per ML/unit share of entitlement.

Allocation trade processing charges – $49.37 per application.

If you no longer require your water licence, you can surrender it by contacting us on 1300 662 077. Please note all licence fees are required to be paid before you are able to surrender your licence.

WaterNSW Metering Service Charge (MSC) for 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021
Type of Meter Commonwealth-funded meters
50mm $475.92
80mm $478.14
100mm $478.13
150mm $483.75
200mm $486.52
250mm $489.10
300mm $495.74
350mm $525.61
400mm $543.39
450mm $546.82
500mm $561.39
600mm $580.05
700mm $602.23
750mm $633.28
800mm $654.27
900mm $660.92
1000mm $673.20
Channel $6,237.43

 

Notes:

  • The MSC will be billed quarterly in arrears and will arrive with your regular WaterNSW bill
  • Should you have a concern regarding the accuracy of the meter, in the first instance please call the WaterNSW helpdesk on 1300 662 077. If you then elect to have your meter tested, a deposit of $1,750 is payable prior to testing. The deposit will be refunded in full, should your meter be proved inaccurate. If the meter is found to be within accuracy standards then the total meter accuracy testing charge will be applied. The total meter accuracy testing charge is $6,376.39 for verification and testing in situ (an additional $4,626.39 on top of the deposit) and $8,672.88 for lab verification and testing (an additional $6,922.88 on top of the deposit).
  • The IPART has determined an Environmental Gauging Station charge of $12,640.42 per site. IPART determined this charge based on the capital costs of upgrading environmental gauging stations and the incremental cost of operating the upgraded stations. WaterNSW may only levy an environmental gauging station charge from the time that 1) the relevant gauging station has been identified as having reached end of life and as requiring upgraded metering equipment to allow a higher grade of metering so as to satisfy the Environmental Water Measurement Standards and 2) the upgrade of the gauging station has commenced.
  • Charges are billed quarterly in arrears, payment terms for all invoices is 30 days from the date of issue. For more information on our billing terms and conditions, or if you are having difficulties paying your water bill, please refer to waternsw.com.au/payments
  • NSW Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) charges are determined by IPART every 3-4 years under Part 6 of the Water Charge Rules. The reasons are:
    - IPART was accredited under Part 9 of Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules 2010 (WCIR) as it was then known in 2016 to determine or approve pricing applications for MDB large bulk water providers.
    - MDB bulk water charges are regulated under the WCIR and Commonwealth Water Act 2007.

    The accreditation was subject to the two mandatory conditions and attached the ACCC’s pricing principles for price approvals and determinations under the WCIR, dated July 2011 (the ACCC Pricing Principles). The mandatory conditions include:
    (a) that the applied provisions apply as a law of the State and are in force;
    (b) that the approval or determination of regulated charges of all Part 6 operators and Part 7 operators relating to State water resources of that State must be carried out by the accredited agency in accordance with the accredited arrangements and the applied provisions.
    Please note: the applied provisions refer to the WCIR.

    More information on the accreditation of IPART can be found on the ACCC website,

    The MDB current pricing arrangements have been determined by IPART under the 2017 Rural Valley IPART determination. These arrangements last until 2021 at which point, they will be reviewed by IPART. For further information on the 2021 Rural Valley Price Review, please visit IPART's website at ipart.nsw.gov.au.

    Under the IPART 2017 Rural Valley determination, IPART has determined the regulated charges set out in Schedules 1, 3 and 4 of the IPART determination under the WCIR. These regulated charges are the maximum amounts that WaterNSW may charge.

    The Bulk Water Charges in the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) recover the cost of MDB Bulk Water Services that WaterNSW supplies in Regulated Rivers to the following MDB Valleys:
    (1) Border
    (2) Gwydir
    (3) Namoi
    (4) Peel
    (5) Lachlan
    (6) Macquarie
    (7) Murray
    (8) Murrumbidgee
    (9) Lowbidgee
    (10) Fish River (raw water customers)


    The Bulk Water Charges in the Coastal valleys recover the cost of bulk water services that WaterNSW supplies in Regulated Rivers to the Fish River (filtered water customers), Hunter, North Coast and South Coast valleys. Consistent with the Water Services Order, these services include:
    (1) the making available of water;
    (2) the making available of the State Water Corporation'’'s water supply facilities; or
    (3) the supplying of water, whether by means of the State Water Corporation's water supply facilities or otherwise. (together, Monopoly Services). References to the former State Water Corporation in the Water Services Order are to be read as references to WaterNSW, in accordance with clause 24 of Schedule 2 of the Water NSW Act 2014 (Water NSW Act).

    The activity costs associated with the bulk water charges are described in the IPART Final Decision, IPART Draft Decision and accompanying reports. They include:
    Customer support, Customer Billing, Metering & Compliance, Water delivery and Other Operations, Corrective Maintenance, Routing Maintenance, Asset Management Planning, Insurance, Hydrometric monitoring, Flood Operations, Water Quality Monitoring, Dam Safety Compliance, Environmental Planning & Protection, Dam Safety Compliance Capital Projects pre-1997, Asset Management Planning, Routine Maintenance, Structural and Other Enhancement, Corporate Systems, Office Accommodation Capital Projects, Information Management Projects, Water Delivery and Other Operations. For more information, please refer to the IPART website.

    The regulated charges set out in Schedule 3 of the IPART determination cover rural bulk water services that WaterNSW supplies to Rural Water Supply Customers in the Fish River Water Supply Scheme.

    The regulated charges set out in Schedule 4 of the IPART determination cover miscellaneous rural bulk water services that WaterNSW supplies in the MDB Valleys listed in clause 3.1(b) and to Rural Water Supply Customers in the Fish River Water Supply Scheme.

    MDB charges are subject to the annual review process carried by IPART (typically around April each year) as per Division 3 of Part 6 of the WCIR. This process permits IPART to consider whether or not it is reasonably necessary to make variations to the MDB charges having regard to 1) changes in damned or consumption forecast and 2) price stability. This process also incorporates any annual updates to the MDB charges to account for inflationary adjustments. Please see IPART's website at ipart.nsw.gov.au for information on the annual review process.

    Coastal valley charges

    The maximum prices set out in Schedule 2 of the IPART determination are set under the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal Act 1992 (IPART Act) and cover Coastal Bulk Water Services that WaterNSW supplies in Regulated Rivers in the following Coastal Valleys:
    (1) North Coast;
    (2) Hunter; and
    (3) South Coast.

    The maximum prices set out in Schedule 3 of the IPART determination cover IPART Act Services that WaterNSW supplies to Urban Water Supply Customers in the Fish River Water Supply Scheme.

    The reason why Coastal Valley and Urban Water Supply Services in the Fish River and determined under the IPART Act is because section 11 of the IPART Act provides IPART with a standing reference to conduct investigations and make reports to the Minister on the determination of the pricing for a government monopoly service that is supplied by a government agency specified in Schedule 1 to the IPART Act. WAMC is a government agency specified in Schedule 1 of the IPART Act.

    WaterNSW is listed as a government agency in Schedule 1 to the IPART Act, but excluding the services provided by WaterNSW in respect of which fees or charges may be approved or determined in accordance with Parts 6 or 7 of the WCIR, or the applied provisions under Part 3B of the IPART Act.

    Section 4(1) of the IPART Act provides that a government monopoly service is a service supplied by a government agency and declared to be a government monopoly service. Section 4(7) of the IPART Act provides that WaterNSW is taken to be the supplier of any government monopoly services for which fees and charges are payable under the Water NSW Act.

    The Water Services Order declares certain services provided by the ‘State Water Corporation’ to be government monopoly services, namely:
    (1) the making available of water;
    (2) the making available of the State Water Corporation’s water supply facilities; or
    (3) the supplying of water, whether by means of the State Water Corporation’s water supply facilities or otherwise. (together, Monopoly Services). References to the former State Water Corporation in the Water Services Order are to be read as references to WaterNSW, in accordance with clause 24 of Schedule 2 of the Water NSW Act 2014 (Water NSW Act).

    Accordingly, under the IPART Act, IPART is to conduct an investigation and make a report to the Minister that determines maximum prices for Monopoly Services supplied by WaterNSW for which fees and charges may not be determined under the WCIR (IPART Act Services).
  • Pass-through Charges
    The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) pass-through charge is a recovery of NSW Government contribution to MDBA (fixed and variable). WaterNSW sets its charges to recover the NSW Government’s contribution to funding the MDBA to undertake activities under the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement at the amount set by IPART. IPART sets these government charges every four years via a public consultation process. It updates these government charges annually during this period to reflect changes in the consumer price index and changes in demand for WaterNSW’s services.

    WaterNSW sets its charges to recover Water Administration Ministerial Corporation (WAMC) charges at the amount set by IPART. IPART sets these charges every four years via a public consultation process. It updates these charges annually during this period to reflect changes in the consumer price index and changes in demand for WaterNSW’s services.

    The Yanco Creek levy was approved by IPART as a pass through levy to recover the cost associated with the Yanco Creek and Tributaries Advisory Council.

    The Yanco Creek natural resources management levy was first approved by IPART in its 2006 review of bulk water charges and was approved again in the 2010 IPART price review, 2014 ACCC price review and the 2017 IPART price review.

    WaterNSW understands that the levy is intended to fund the rehabilitation plan of the Yanco Columbo system to improve flows and provide significant water efficiencies for the system and the Murrumbidgee valley.

    This levy is passed on directly to customers in the Yanco Creek system.

  • WAMC charges are determined by IPART under the IPART Act and the WAMC determination. Find out more in the 'WAMC Determination Charges Explained' section on this page.
WaterNSW Irrigation Corporation District Rebates 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021
Customers Total annual rebate ($)
Murray Irrigation $612,301.96
Western Murray Irrigation $18,903.49
West Corurgan $33,727.30
Moira Irrigation Scheme $15,720.56
Eagle Creek Scheme $25.32
Murrumbidgee Irrigation $456,742.21
Coleambally Irrigation $201,891.13
Jemalong Irrigation $40,404.39
Groundwater Water Management prices 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021

All prices are $ per megalitre

  (1-part tariff) (2-part tariff )

River / valley

Entitlement Charge (A)

Entitlement Charge (B)

Usage (C)

Charges collected on behalf of WAMC *
Please note a minimum annual charge of $213.74 applies**.

Inland

$6.99

$3.86

$3.13

Murrumbidgee

$4.64

$2.56

$2.08

Coastal

$5.05

$1.76

$3.29


* These prices are determined by IPART for Water Administration Ministerial Corporation (WAMC) costs. To determine the Water Sharing Plans relevant to your river or valley pricing, please click here.

Charges are billed annually in arrears, payment terms for all invoices is 30 days from the date of issue. For more information on our billing terms and conditions, or if you are having difficulties paying your water bill, please refer to waternsw.com.au/payments.

WAMC charges are determined by IPART under the IPART Act and the WAMC determination. Find out more in the 'WAMC Determination Charges Explained' section on this page.

Groundwater and Unregulated Metering service charges 2020-21

Telemetered or agency read sites (annual charge - $ per corporation meter)

Meter size (mm) charge

50-300

$514.31

350-700

$534.41

750-1000

$580.97


Non-telemetered sites with customer reading and reporting (annual charge - $ per corporation meter)

Meter size (mm) charge

50-300

$403.47

350-700

$419.24

750-1000

$455.77


Water take reading/assessment charge charge

Annual charge

$207.08*

*A Water Take Reading/Assessment charge is levied when WaterNSW reads a privately owner meter to obtain water usage. This charge will not apply in the event you submit your water usage online using iWAS.


Ancillary service charges 2019-20
Ancillary Service charge

Meter laboratory verification at request of Customer (refundable deposit if meter is tested to be outside the accuracy standard)

$1,871.75

Meter in-situ validation charge – where a meter
is relocated or disturbed

$256.49

Meter reset fee after suspension of maintenance for a year or more, at customer request

$256.49 + cost of parts

Unregulated river water management charges 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021

All prices are $ per megalitre.
Charges collected on behalf of WAMC**.
Please note a minimum annual charge of $213.74 applies ***

The water bill for your unregulated river water access licence is issued annually for charges accrued during the previous financial year. IPART determines how much WaterNSW can charge you for the water management services we provide. GST is not applied to the charges. The unregulated river water management charges for the current financial year (2020-21) are shown in the table below.

1-part tariff 2-part tariff (B+C)

River Valley

Entitlement Charge (A)

Entitlement Charge (B)

Usage (C)

Border

$4.78

$2.31

$2.47

Gwydir

$4.78

$2.31

$2.47

Namoi

$4.78

$2.31

$2.47

Peel

$4.78

$2.31

$2.47

Lachlan

$5.60

$2.69

$2.91

Far West

$6.66

$4.13

$2.53

Macquarie

$5.60

$2.69

$2.91

Murray

$6.85

$2.64

$4.21

Murrumbidgee

$9.08

$3.27

$5.81

North Coast

$9.52

$4.59

$4.93

Hunter & Patterson

$3.43

$1.30

$2.13

South Coast*

$3.24

$1.75

$1.49


* WaterNSW licences in South Coast unreg rivers attract an additional entitlement charge of $0.91 per ML.
** These prices are determined by IPART for WAMC (Water Administration Ministerial Corporation).
*** Minimum annual charge will apply where the WAMC charges for the year do not reach the minimum annual charge.

To determine the Water Sharing Plans relevant to your river or valley pricing, please click here.

Charges are billed annually in arrears, payment terms for all invoices is 30 days from the date of issue. For more information on our billing terms and conditions, or if you are having difficulties paying your water bill, please refer to waternsw.com.au/payments.

WAMC charges are determined by IPART under the IPART Act and the WAMC determination. Find out more in the 'WAMC Determination Charges Explained' section on this page.

Groundwater and Unregulated Metering service charges 2020-21

Telemetered or agency read sites (annual charge - $ per corporation meter)

Meter size (mm) charge

50-300

$514.31

350-700

$534.41

750-1000

$580.97


Non-telemetered sites with customer reading and reporting (annual charge - $ per corporation meter)

Meter size (mm) charge

50-300

$403.47

350-700

$419.24

750-1000

$455.77


Water take reading/assessment charge charge

Annual charge

$207.08

*A Water Take Reading/Assessment charge is levied when WaterNSW reads a privately owner meter to obtain water usage. This charge will not apply in the event you submit your water usage online using iWAS.

Ancillary service charges 2020-21
Ancillary Service charge

Meter laboratory verification at request of Customer (refundable deposit if meter is tested to be outside the accuracy standard)

$1,871.75

Meter in-situ validation charge – where a meter
is relocated or disturbed

$256.49

Meter reset fee after suspension of maintenance for a year or more, at customer request

$256.49 + cost of parts

WaterNSW Fish River prices for 01 July 2020 to 30 June 2021
Access Usage Excess usage
Raw water ($/kl)
    Energy Australia $0.42 $0.26 $0.69
    Oberon Council $0.42 $0.26 $0.69
    Individual Minor customers $0.42 $0.26 $0.69
Filtered water ($/kl)
    Lithgow Council $0.68 $0.39 $1.07
    Individual minor customers $0.82 $0.50 $1.32

 

# Pricing as determined by the Independent Regulatory and Pricing Tribunal (IPART)

Notes

Fish River connection charge is $916.30 for low complexity connections where no tapping band or pressure reducing valve is required, $3,474.18 for medium complexity connections where a taping band is required, and $7,103.19 for high complexity connections where a pressure reducing valve is required. Fish River disconnection charge is $257.96.

For Individual Minor Customers the usage charge is levied for usage up to 200kL. The excess usage charge is levied for usage above 200kL. Bills are biannual with charges raised in arrears.

Charges are billed quarterly in arrears, payment terms for all invoices is 30 days from the date of issue. For more information on our billing terms and conditions, or if you are having difficulties paying your water bill, please refer to waternsw.com.au/payments.

Application Fees for Water Access Licences, Dealings and Approvals

WaterNSW charges fees to cover the assessment and processing costs of applications for access licences, water supply work approvals, water use approvals and access licence dealings lodged under the Water Management Act 2000.

These fees are determined by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).
The fees applying from 1 July 2020 until 30 June 2021 are listed in the following table, according to whether applications are lodged online or not. These fees will increase annually, based on changes in the consumer price index. Fees are exempt from GST.

Type of application Fee for hard copy applications Fee for online applications

New Water Access Licences

   

Zero Share

$344.64

$308.56

Controlled Allocation

$344.64

$308.56

Other

$344.64

$308.56

Water Access Licence Dealings

Regulated Rivers

$371.85

$337.36

Unregulated Rivers and Groundwater (All applications unless specified below as Low Risk or Administrative)

$1,116.69

$1,080.60

Unregulated Rivers and Groundwater – Low Risk
These apply to:

· Assign share components between Water Access Licences (s. 71Q) groundwater ONLY where a bore extraction limit is in place for receiving work (no hydro assessment)

· Assign share components between Water Access Licences (s. 71Q) where the receiving Water Access Licence has no nominated works

· Remove a nominated work on a Water Access Licence (s. 71W) ONLY

· Subdivide a Water Access Licence (s. 71P (a)) ONLY with no change in the nominated work

· Consolidate Water Access Licences (s. 71P (b)) ONLY with no change in the nominated works

$526.03

$491.55

Administrative
This applies to:

· Request a correction or amendment to the Water Access Licence Register (s. 71I)

$253.94

$217.86

Water Allocation Assignments

Unregulated Rivers and Groundwater

$371.85

$337.36

Approvals

New or amended Works and/or Use Approvals (All unless specified below as Low Risk, Basic Landholder Right or Administrative)

$2,056.92

N/A

New or amended Works and/or Use Approvals – Low Risk
This applies to:

· For short term Approvals (where requiring a Water Access Licence for the activity is also exempt)

· Where general terms of approval have already been provided for the specific work (in instances of applications for integrated development)

$1,111.86

N/A

New Basic Landholder Right Bore

$425.22

$389.34

Amended Approval – Administrative
This applies to:

· Construct a replacement bore consistent with water sharing plan rules (no hydro assessment)

· Remove lands/works

· Consolidate Approvals ONLY where there is no change to the existing works

· Subdivide an Approval

$253.94

N/A

Extension of Approval – Lodged before Expiry Date

$257.08

$221.00

Extension of Approval – Lodged after Expiry Date*

$428.47

$428.47


Note to table

A 'new’ work approval means any work proposed which is not currently listed on a water approval or is replacing an existing work which is listed on a water approval.
*Note that forms are sent directly to these holders.

Impact and rules-based assessments

Applications generally require a detailed impact assessment. This includes case by case investigation to consider potential local impacts and determine whether those impacts require refusal or consent, or consent subject to conditions.

Depending on thetype of transaction, impact assessment can include identifying and addressing impacts on adjoining pumps or bores, Aboriginal heritage sites, native vegetation, threatened species, wetlands, land degradation, salinity, soil compaction, geomorphic instability, hydrology, water logging, acidity, contamination and water quality, in addition to consideration and resolution of any lodged objections. In some cases where significant risks are identified, WaterNSW may require the applicant to commission third-party experts to determine the extent of those risks and how they might be mitigated.

Applications determined by IPART which are identified as ‘low risk’ are processed with a rules-based assessment which does not require the above detailed impact assessment.
Lower fees are charged for transactions which are identified as ‘low risk’.

The Water Administration Ministerial Corporation (WAMC) charges are determined by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) under the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal Act 1992 (IPART Act) and the WAMC determination. The reasons are:

  1. Section 11 of the IPART Act gives IPART a standing reference to conduct investigations and make reports to the Minister administering the IPART Act on the determination of the pricing for a government monopoly service supplied by a government agency specified in Schedule 1 of the IPART Act.
  2. The Water Administration Ministerial Corporation (Corporation) is listed in Schedule 1 of the IPART Act.
  3. The services which are declared as government monopoly services under clause 3 of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (Water Services) Order 2004 are services supplied by the Corporation which involve:
    (1) the making available of water;
    (2) the making available of the Corporation's water supply facilities; or
    (3) the supplying of water, whether by means of the Corporation's water supply facilities or otherwise, (together, the Monopoly Services).
  4. Under section 4(6) of the IPART Act, the Corporation is taken to be the supplier of the services for which fees and charges are payable under Chapter 3 of the Water Management Act 2000 (Water Management Act).
  5. In practice, charges for such water resource management activities are made as charges under licences, permits, approvals or authorities granted by:
    (1) the Minister under Chapter 3 of the Water Management Act (in areas of NSW in which proclamations under sections 55A and 88A of the Water Management Act are in force); and
    (2) the Corporation under the Water Act 1912 (Water Act) (in other areas of NSW).
  6. Accordingly, in determining maximum prices for the Monopoly Services, IPART has determined maximum prices payable for these services under various licences, permits, approvals or authorities granted under the Water Management Act and the Water Act.


WAMC Charges

WAMC charges are determined by IPART under the IPART Act and the WAMC determination. The reasons are:

  1. Section 11 of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal Act 1992 (IPART Act) gives the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) a standing reference to conduct investigations and make reports to the Minister administering the IPART Act on the determination of the pricing for a government monopoly service supplied by a government agency specified in Schedule 1 of the IPART Act.
  2. WAMC is listed in Schedule 1 of the IPART Act.
  3. The services which are declared as government monopoly services under clause 3 of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (Water Services) Order 2004 are services supplied by the Corporation which involve:
    (1) the making available of water;
    (2) the making available of the Corporation's water supply facilities; or
    (3) the supplying of water, whether by means of the Corporation's water supply facilities or otherwise, (together, the Monopoly Services).
  4. Under section 4(6) of the IPART Act, the Corporation is taken to be the supplier of the services for which fees and charges are payable under Chapter 3 of the Water Management Act 2000 (Water Management Act).
  5. In practice, charges for such water resource management activities are made as charges under licences, permits, approvals or authorities granted by:
    (1) the Minister under Chapter 3 of the Water Management Act (in areas of NSW in which proclamations under sections 55A and 88A of the Water Management Act are in force); and
    (2) the Corporation under the Water Act 1912 (Water Act) (in other areas of NSW).

The WAMC charges recover the costs of water management and planning activities and services which are declared as government monopoly services under clause 3 of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (Water Services) Order 2004. These involve:
(1) the making available of water;
(2) the making available of the Corporation's water supply facilities; or
(3) the supplying of water, whether by means of the Corporation's water supply facilities or otherwise, (together, the Monopoly Services).

In addition, WAMC charges recover the costs of the supply of services for which fees and charges are payable under Chapter 3 of the Water Management Act 2000 (Water Management Act). In practice, charges for such water resource management activities are made as charges under licences, permits, approvals or authorities granted by:
(1) the Minister under Chapter 3 of the Water Management Act (in areas of NSW in which proclamations under sections 55A and 88A of the Water Management Act are in force); and
(2) the Corporation under the Water Act 1912 (Water Act) (in other areas of NSW).

The activity costs associated with the WAMC charges are described in the IPART Final Decision, IPART Draft Decision and accompanying reports. They include:
Surface water quantity monitoring, Surface water data management and reporting, Surface water quality monitoring, Surface water algal monitoring, Surface water ecological condition monitoring, Groundwater quantity monitoring, Groundwater quality monitoring, Groundwater data management and reporting, Water take data collection, Water take data management and reporting, Surface water modelling, Groundwater modelling, Water resource accounting, Systems operation and water availability management, Blue-green algae management, Environmental water management, Water plan performance assessment and evaluation, Water plan development, Floodplain management plan, Drainage management plan development, Regional planning and management strategies, Development of water planning and regulatory framework, Cross border and national commitments, Water management works, Regulation systems management, Consents management and licence conversion, Compliance management, Water consents overhead, Water consents transactions, Customer management, Business governance and support, Billing management.

These services are currently delivered by DPIE, NRAR and WaterNSW on behalf of WAMC. For more information, please refer to the IPART website.


Dispute Resolution
If you have a dispute with any charges on your bill, please refer to our dispute resolution policy.

Hardship Policy
WaterNSW are committed to helping customers who may require affordability difficulties to keep their water flowing. If you are having difficulties paying your water bill please refer to our Debt Management Code of Practice.

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