Water, sewer and stormwater drainage fees and charges clarified for 2021-22
Thursday, 10 June 2021
On 25 May 2021 and 1 June 2021, Central Coast Council adopted the water, sewer and stormwater drainage fees and charges for the 2021-22 charging year in line with the May 2019 three-year price determination by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).
Water service charges will increase by 1.1% and water usage charges will increase by 1.4% in 2021-22 from the prices levied in 2020-21. These increases are in line with IPART’s three-year price determination.
Area-based stormwater drainage service charges (non-residential customers), with the exception of the small properties, will have an increase in the base charge before the application of the CPI multiplier for 2021-22. IPART determined to do this to reduce bill shock for these customers.
There are different changes to sewer service charges for residential and non-residential customers because of two different reasons:
Non-residential sewer service charges in the former Wyong Local Government Area will have an increase in the base charge before the application of the CPI multiplier for 2021-22. IPART determined to gradually rebase the sewer service charge over 4 years.
Due to a modelling error made by IPART and corrected with a Clarification Notice published in the NSW Government Gazette on 30 April 2021, the sewer service charge revenue that Council was able to collect over the three-year price determination period was reduced by $1.8 million. To correct the impact of this error the sewer service charge for customers will increase from 1 July 2021 resulting in the following outcomes:
Residential single dwelling customers paying an additional $17.63 in the former Gosford Local Government Area (an annual increase of 4.4% from 2020-21 prices) and paying an additional $13.70 in the former Wyong Local Government Area (an annual increase of 3.7% from 2020-21 prices) for 2021-22.
Non-residential customers paying an additional $20 or more annually, dependent on the size of the water meter.
These prices include the impacts of the IPART Clarification Notice and the application of the CPI multiplier to the base charges included in the IPART three-year price determination.
These sewer service charge increases will result in no more total revenue for Council than was intended over the IPART three-year price determination period.
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Last updated : Thu 10 Jun 2021
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