Best practice pricing for water supply, sewerage and trade waste provides suitable pricing signals to enable customers to balance the benefits and costs of their use of water services and ensures efficient use of the services. It is required for effective and sustainable management of water supply and sewerage businesses and minimisation of customer bills.

Best practice pricing is a key requirement of the National Water Initiative (NWI), 2004 the Council of Australian Governments' Strategic Framework for Water Reform, National Competition Policy and the NWI Pricing Principles, 2010.

We provide financial planning and pricing software, expert advice, training, user support and facilitates the use of these tools by local water utilities to achieve best practice pricing in accordance with the outcomes required by the NSW BPM of Water Supply & Sewerage Guidelines (PDF, 1764.65 KB)

Water supply and sewerage pricing

Water supply pricing

With water becoming an increasingly scarce resource both locally and globally, it is appropriate that local water utilities focus on influencing water demand through increasing emphasis on usage based pricing. Best practice water supply pricing requires utilities to provide strong pricing signals to encourage efficient water use.

It is important that all of the regional local water utilities achieve full cost recovery for water supply sewerage service as required by the NSW BPM of Water Supply & Sewerage Framework (PDF, 23.9 KB)

Sewerage pricing

Best practice sewerage pricing involves a uniform annual sewerage bill for residential customers. For non-residential customers, a suitable sewer usage charge is required for the estimated volume discharged to the sewerage system, together with an access charge based on the capacity requirements that
their loads place on the system relative to residential customers.

Liquid trade waste pricing

Best practice liquid trade waste pricing involves commercial fees and charges to encourage cleaner production, efficient use of sewerage infrastructure and compliance with the conditions of approval issued to each trade waste discharger, in accordance with the Liquid Trade Waste Regulation Guidelines (PDF, 15374.2 KB)