The District Council of Yankalilla currently owns and operates the wastewater management services in the Yankalilla district as well as the drinking water supply network servicing Wirrina.
The Council has been working with us to secure the future of these services, and we have reached in-principle agreement for us to assume ownership, operation and maintenance for the drinking water supply for Wirrina and sewer networks across the district.
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Having reached in-principle agreement for us to assume ownership, operation and maintenance for the Council’s owned services - Wirrina’s drinking water supply and sewerage services in the Yankalilla district - it’s timely for us to outline the customer benefits of our proposal.
We will use our expertise to operate this water network efficiently to best deliver safe, clean drinking water and remove and treat your used water and sewage. We will invest to upgrade the drinking water supply network in Wirrina and the sewerage network across the district.
As an SA Water customer, you will benefit from:
Our quarterly charges for the removal and treatment of sewage and used water are based on property values as determined by the Valuer-General, currently 36.95 cents per $1000 for country residential customers.
As an SA Water customer it is likely that most residents will pay less than their existing sewerage service rates. Some people may experience an increase, and where this appears likely, we will be in touch with you directly.
Drinking water supply proposal
Our proposal to own, operate and maintain the drinking water supply to the Wirrina community is much more cost effective than previous proposals.
Property owner contribution
Wirrina property owners will need to make a financial contribution. This one-off payment towards upgrades so we can best deliver safe, clean drinking water to you is:
Wirrina businesses will also be required to make a financial contribution on a pro-rata basis.
To upgrade the network and take on the long term management of this service, we need a majority of property owners to make this payment up-front.
Payment will be required when we assume responsibility for the network. This is expected to be from 1 January 2019. Please remember that SA Water residential customers may access payment support.
The property owner contribution amounts detailed above are only available to those people who become an SA Water customer at the time we assume responsibility for the water supply service. For anyone who becomes an SA Water customer after this time, the contribution price will increase at 5 per cent per annum.
Property owners can choose to remain a customer of the Council, with the current rate structure in place, mindful that for the majority of residents these rates are significantly higher than our state-wide pricing.
If you would like more information about this proposal or to discuss what it means for you, please call our Senior Stakeholder Engagement Adviser, Aaron Glossop, on tel 7424 3195.
See our Water and Sewerage Prices section for details about our state-wide residential prices.