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2013-14 Prices - Effective From 1 July 2013

Prices for 2013-14 have been announced. You can read the 2013-14 water and sewerage prices announcement or find out more from our fact sheets.

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Frequently Asked Questions about 2013-14 Water and Sewerage Pricing

2013-14 Prices - From 1 July 2013

Water use price       

Water price per litre  

Indicative quarterly threshold        

Indicative daily threshold

$2.26/kL

$0.00226

0 to 30kL

0 to 0.3288kL

$3.23/kL

$0.00323

30 to 130kL

0.3288kL to 1.4247kL

$3.49/kL

$0.00349

Above 130kL

Above 1.4247kL


For a complete schedule of SA Water's rates and charges for 2013-14 refer to the following:

  • 2013-14 Rates

  • 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, 1 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.

    Commercial Customers

    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:

    - $68.70/ quarter;

      OR

    - 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.


    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 $3.23/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 2013-14 is $68.70/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 $3.23/kL.


    Recycled Water - Residential dual reticulation

    Recycled Water and Stormwater is water which does not come from a drinking water supply. It is treated to standards to ensure it is safe for a specific fit for purpose use such as irrigation, garden watering or toilet flushing.

    Customers in Mawson Lakes and Seaford Meadows who receive recycled water through dual reticulation (purple pipes) pay 90% of the first tier water price. For 2013-14 this is $2.03/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 by June for the next 12 months.


    SA Water calculates your quarterly sewerage charge based on the greater of:


    1. The minimum quarterly charge: for 2013-14 this will be $85.35/quarter.


    OR


    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 2013-14 are as follows:

    Rate in the dollar - residential (household) customers.

    • Metropolitan: 31.525 cents per $1000 of property value (per quarter)
    • Country: 41.525 cents per $1000 of property value (per quarter)

    Rate in the dollar - Non-residential (business and commercial) customers

    • Metropolitan: 34.8 cents per $1000 of property value (per quarter)
    • Country: 48.425 cents per $1000 of property value (per quarter)


    Final Determination
    SA Water's Water and Sewerage revenues 2013-14 to 2015-16 Final Determination is available on ESCOSA's website.

    Annual Revenue Control Compliance Statement

    ESCOSA’s Final Determination requires SA Water to provide to ESCOSA and publish annual revenue compliance statements, for drinking water retail services and sewerage retail services.
    Compliance Statements - Water and Sewerage Services

    Pricing Policy Statement Recycled Water and Stormwater
    ESCOSA’s Final Determination requires SA Water to provide to ESCOSA and publish annually a pricing policy statement for recycled water retail services.
    Pricing Policy Statement Recycled Water and Stormwater


    Prices for Other Services - Miscellaneous Fees and Charges

    In addition to the above prices, SA Water offers several other retail services including, assessment of development applications, installation of new connections and alterations to existing connections.
    2013-14 Fees and Charges
    2012-13 Fees and Charges

    ESCOSA’s Final Determination requires SA Water to provide to ESCOSA and publish a pricing policy statement for excluded retail services.  This pricing policy is applied in setting SA Water’s Miscellaneous Fees and Charges.
    Pricing Policy Statement Excluded Retail Services


    Previous pricing decisions, transparency statements and regulatory statements
    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.

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