Regional water utilities lead the way
The 2012-13 NSW Water Supply and Sewerage Performance Monitoring Report outlines the performance of the State’s 105 local water utilities.
“The report shows the NSW local water utilities continue to lead the way in providing affordable services for regional NSW,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“The water supply median typical residential bill is now similar to country Victoria and the national median and lower than all the other Australian states and capital city utilities, except for Melbourne.
Ms Hodgkinson said average annual residential water use had also fallen from 330 kilolitres (kl) to 166 kl per connected property.
“This is a reduction of more than 50% during the past 22 years, and is lower than all the other Australian states and capital city utilities except for Brisbane and Melbourne,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“Water main breaks have remained much lower than all the other Australian states and the capital city utilities, indicating good asset condition.
“The report also indicates that all of the NSW utilities are achieving full cost recovery for water supply and 96% are achieving full cost recovery for sewerage.”
“This annual report demonstrates the effective partnership between the NSW Government and local councils in meeting community needs for water supply and sewerage services to regional NSW.
“The NSW Government’s Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program supports these services, which benefit more than one million people in country towns across NSW.”
Ms Hodgkinson said NSW performance monitoring and benchmarking also provides valuable data for determining the present position and assessing future water supply and sewerage needs for regional NSW.