NSW Local Water Utilities - Providing safe and affordable water supply and sewerageDate: 2017 05 17
NSW local water utilities continue to provide safe, secure and affordable services for regional communities, following the release of the latest annual report card on water supply and sewerage performance, Frank Garofalow, Group Director Water Regulation, said today.
“The 2015-16 NSW Water Supply and Sewerage Performance Monitoring Report outlines the performance of the State’s 92 local water utilities, which clearly shows that NSW local water utilities are performing well,” said Mr Garofalow.
“The median typical residential bill, the principal indicator of the overall cost of water and sewerage services, is now lower than the National median and all the reported results for the other Australian states and the capital city utilities, except for Sydney, Melbourne and country Victoria.
“While the increase in the water supply and sewerage median typical residential bill has been limited to 24 per cent in real terms over the past 21 years.
“The operation, maintenance and administration cost per property for water supply was also lower than Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, the National median and the country utilities in all the other states, but higher than Sydney, Canberra and Perth.”
Mr Garofalow said average annual residential water use had also fallen from 330 kilolitres (kL) to 162 kL per connected property.
“This is a reduction of 51 per cent over the past 25 years, and is similar to country Victoria and lower than all the other Australian states and capital city utilities, except for Brisbane and Melbourne.
“Water main breaks have remained steady in recent years, but are higher than the national median.
“The report also indicates that all of the NSW utilities are achieving full cost recovery for water supply and 93 per cent are achieving full cost recovery for sewerage.
“Reuse of recycled water has remained stable at 35,500 megalitres, which is 20 per cent of the total sewage volume collected, while 70 per cent of local water utilities undertake reuse.”
He continued, saying that the level of implementation of the 19 planning, pricing and management outcomes required by the NSW Best Practice Management of Water Supply and Sewerage Framework is now 92 per cent, compared to 46 per cent eleven years ago.
“This report demonstrates the long and effective partnership between the NSW Government and local councils in meeting community needs for water supply and sewerage services to regional NSW.
“DPI Water is proud to support these services through both financial and technical means, which benefit 1.85 million people in country towns across NSW.
“The NSW Government promotes continuing performance improvement by NSW local water utilities, with the aim of providing better quality and greater efficiency of services to all NSW residents, together with positive environmental and economic outcomes,” Mr Garofalow said.
Download the report
The report will be provided shortly to all NSW water utilities and can be accessed online at Performance monitoring.
Media contact: James Muddle – 0407 103 507