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Water bills: some
gain, some pain
If you’re a householder paying a water bill
in the Westernport Water region, there’s good
news and bad.
Before you even turn the tap on, our region
has some of the highest fixed charges in the
Westernport Water ranks second out of Vic-
toria’s 12 regional water businesses for the
highest fixed water service charge, and also
has one of the higher charges for fixed sew-
age costs (ranking 7th).
For tenants the news is better, with West-
ernport Water rating best in the state – with a
small decrease in tenants’ average household
bill, down from $129 in 2014-15 to $125 in
the past year (tenants pay the variable water
Best of all, in terms of the variable water
charge, Westernport Water has the lowest
charge across all average household bills (1
out of 12), although some critics say a low
variable charge offer as no incentive to re-
duce water use.
And the overall picture?
Well it depends whether you’re a glass half
full or half empty person.
For home owners, Westernport Water
ranked 6th out of the 12 regional water busi-
nesses for household bills for owner occupi-
According to the annual performance re-
port, released by the Essential Services
Commission in December, the average an-
nual statewide water bill is $1048 across
Victoria’s 12 regional and three metropolitan
Westernport Water householders pay 3 per
cent more at $1079, which increased from
$1072 in 2014-15 and was up from $988 in
The ESC report showed that South
Gippsland’s average is $971.
Other water corporations that had lower
average annual bills than Westernport in-
clude North East ($885), Lower Murray Wa-
ter ($959), Goulburn Valley Water ($925)
and Barwon Water ($1027).
Metropolitan householders pay an average
$1021 (South East Water) and $944 (City
Those who were above the state average in-
clude Gippsland Water ($1249) and one of
the highest Grampians Wimmera at $1359.
An ‘Advertiser’ analysis of ESC water
charges for July 2016 shows Westernport
Water householders also pay among the
highest fixed charges for water in the state.
Westernport Water’s residential water ac-
cess charge is $380, while the residential
sewer access charge is $586, totalling $966.
Barwon Water’s water charge is $170, and
sewerage tariff is $550 (both of which are
slightly reduced from 2015).
South Gippsland pays about $323 for wa-
ter charges and $479 for sewage.
South East Water’s water fixed charge is
$120, while sewage charge is $378 ($10 less
than the previous year).
Central Highlands pays less for water ac-
cess charges ($258), but more for sewage
A Westernport Water spokesman said as
part of the organisation’s annual customer
satisfaction survey, when asked on a scale of
one to five how satisfied customers were with
the current pricing structure, of higher than
average fixed charges and lower than average
usage charges for water, results showed an
even split: 22 per cent dissatisfied, 14 per
cent dissatisfied, 8 per cent were very satis-
fied, 28 per cent satisfied, and 28 per cent
neither satisfied or dissatisfied).
“ Generally speaking, holiday home own-
ers are less satisfied as they use less water
than average; local residents are more satis-
fied as they are accessing cheaper water, ” the
Westernport Water recorded the highest
rate again this year of 0.39 planned inter-
ruptions per customer.
“Westernport Water has a planned air
scouring program to remove stagnant water
and improve water quality prior to the peak
summer usage period each year,” the report
Westernport Water also reported a large in-
crease of 33 per cent - the highest rate in the
state at 0.37 – of unplanned interruptions
“This increase is due to a dry year with less
than average annual rainfall, which resulted
in more unplanned water interruptions, ” it
In contrast Westernport Water reported the
lowest rate of sewer blockages for the third
The ESC report shows local residents are
to be congratulated, with Westernport Water
the only corporation in the state to record a
decrease in average household consumption.
While total Westernport Water water con-
sumption rose from 1934 megalitres to 2210
megalitres over the two years from 2014-16,
water use from residential customers only
fell from 1175ML in 2014-15 to 1151 ML in
Candowie so far holding
up against summer heat
dropped by more than six per cent over the
holiday season, with levels now sitting at about
78 per cent.
Before Christmas Candowie was at 84 per
The reservoir received 31mm of rain, thanks
to the storms before New Years’ Eve, and its
capacity is up on last year’s levels, which were
about 63 per cent.
“Customers still need to be aware of their
water use and remember permanent water
savings rules apply, ”
a Westernport Water
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