Our water services cheapest
NORTH East Water (NEW) customers for the third year in a row are paying the least for water services compared to all other Australian water corporations.
The newly released National Performance Report for urban utilities found the median cost of an annual residential water bill was down by $32 from the previous year.
It’s the first time the cost of residential water bills has fallen in five years, according to a new report.
Now in its 12th year, the report compares the performance of 84 water utilities that provide urban water services across Australia and analyses the trends between years and utilities.
NEW executive corporate service Anthony Hernan said they are pleased that for the third year in a row, their customers are paying the least amount for services of any Australian water corporation.
“As a comparison, our customers only paid an average of $860 per year in 2016-17, with the most expensive water bill coming in at $1907,” Mr Hernan said.
“This shows that the corporation continues to embrace efficiencies across the organisation that are passed on to consumers.
“We believe that customers also utilise our tariff structure which allows households to reduce their water charges by being more water efficient.”
Water Services Association of Australia executive director Adam Lovell said the reduction in the cost of water bills was positive news for consumers.
“Sixty per cent of water utilities reported a decrease in their typical residential bill in 2016– 17,” Mr Lovell said.
“The reduction is a result of efforts by water utilities to drive greater efficiencies, as shown in the five per cent reduction in operating costs when compared to the previous year.”
Bureau of Meteorology general manager water Dr Robert Argent said intelligent management of a mix of water sources helps ensure we can meet water demand in our variable climate.
“Reducing our reliance on surface water is crucial to Australia’s water security into the future,” Dr Argent said.
The public, independent report is available at www.bom. gov.au/water/npr/