Water Security Rebate
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2012-13 Prices - Effective From 1 July 2012
Prices for 2012-13 have been announced. You can read the 2012-13 water and sewerage prices announcement and brochures or find out more from our fact sheets.
2012-13 Fees and Charges
Setting water and sewerage prices
Water security rebate
What do water and sewerage charges pay for?
Concessions and payment assistance
2012-13 Prices - From 1 July 2012
Water use price
Indicative quarterly threshold
Indicative daily threshold
0 to 30kL
0 to 0.3288kL
30 to 130kL
0.3288kL to 1.4247kL
Residential water rating system
There is a Statewide price for water. This means that whether you live in Ceduna or Campbelltown, Goolwa or Glenelg, everyone pays the same price per kilolitre (kL, one kL equals 1000 litres) for water regardless of the cost of getting that water to your home.
This system is considered the fairest way to spread the cost of providing and maintaining basic water facilities across the community.
Water pricing for residential customers is broken down into:
- A fixed charge for supplying the service
- A variable pricing system for water use - the more you use, the higher your bill
Residential properties include houses, maisonettes, home units, flats and strata/community title residences and vacant residential land.
In practice, prices are expressed on a daily basis to take account of the fact that the number of days between meter readings can vary.
Strata and community title properties
If your home is part of a Strata or Community Title Corporation and the water supply is provided through one meter, there are three available options for water use billing.
Your Strata or Community Title Corporation Secretary can apply to SA Water, for one of the following billing options to be implemented:
- An even split between all of the units which is included on each individual owner’s accounts
- An uneven split (agreed by the owners) included on individual owner’s accounts
- An account sent direct to the Corporation Secretary
Non-residential water rating
SA Water has two categories of non-residential customers:
Commercial customers, including retail, wholesale, and various other service providers.
Other non-residential customers, including industrial and rural customers, hospitals and hotels.
Customers classified commercial for the purpose of the water rating system are broadly those with land use codes related to the wholesale, retail, finance and other service sectors.
The water price structure for commercial customers comprises a supply charge, based on the capital value of your property and a single water use charge.
Water supply charge: quarterly charge based on the following
The greater of:
- $73.25/ quarter;
- a charge based on the capital value of your property.
Your property valuation is set by the Valuer-General each year in June for the next 12 months. The rate in the dollar that has been set for 2012-13 is 19.1 cents per $1000 of property value (per quarter).
Water use charge: based on the amount of water you use and therefore varying each billing quarter. It is calculated based on a single price of $3.45/kL.
Other non-residential customers
The Water price structure for other non-residential customers comprises a supply charge and a single water use charge. The Water supply charge for 2012-13 is $73.25/ quarter. The water use charge, based on the amount of water you use and therefore varying each billing quarter, is calculated based on a single price of $3.45/kL.
Residential dual reticulation
Customers in Mawson Lakes and Seaford Meadows who receive recycled water through dual reticulation (purple pipes) pay 75% of the second tier (30 - 130kL) water price. For 2012-13 this is $2.59/kL.
Sewerage rating system
Sewerage charges are based on the capital value of your property. Your property valuation is set by the Valuer-General each year in June for the next 12 months.
SA Water calculates your quarterly sewerage charge based on the greater of:
1. The minimum quarterly charge: for 2012-13 this will be $84.00 / quarter.
2. A charge based on a percentage of the capital value of your property (referred to as a rate in the dollar): the rate in the dollar differs for properties based in country and metropolitan locations, and for residential and non-residential customers. New rates in the dollar for 2012-13 are as follows:
Rate in the dollar - residential (household) customers.
- Metropolitan: 31.125 cents per $1000 of property value (per quarter)
- Country: 40.975 cents per $1000 of property value (per quarter)
Rate in the dollar - Non-residential (business and commercial) customers
- Metropolitan: 34.575 cents per $1000 of property value (per quarter)
- Country: 47.30 cents per $1000 of property value (per quarter)
The State Government is committed to transparency in setting water and wastewater prices. For a full statement on the water and wastewater pricing processes and outcomes - published by the State Government - visit the Department of Treasury and Finance website.