Our wa­ter ser­vices cheap­est

Alpine Observer - - News -

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/

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