Water and sewer charges
From July 1 2017
MidCoast Water Services levies charges for the provision of water supply and sewerage services to its customers in the MidCoast Council area (formerly Great Lakes, Greater Taree and Gloucester Shire council areas).
A fact sheet on the 2017-18 water and sewer charges can be found here.
Water supply charges
Connected land: land supplied with water from a water main belonging to MidCoast Water Services is subject to a two part charge consisting of an annual water access charge, based on the size of the water meter, and a usage charge, based on water consumed.
Unconnected land: an annual unconnected water access charge may apply to land that is situated within 225 metres of a water main belonging to MidCoast Water Services, whether that land is connected to the water supply or not. the annual unconnected water access charge is $276.
Access charges (based on meter size):
|Meter size||Annual charge||Quarterly charge|
The water usage charge is the same throughout MidCoast Water Services' area of operations:
$3.28 per kilolitre (thousand litres) for the first 50 kilolitres per quarter
$3.66 per kilolitre (thousand litres) in excess of 50 kilolitres per quarter
$3.01 per kilolitre (industrial usage greater than 20,000 kilolitres per year)
$2.62 per kilolitre (industrial usage greater than 100,000 kilolitres per year)
A rebate of 50% off the account each quarter up to a MAXIMUM rebate amount of $21.88 each on both water and sewer charges is given for eligible pensioners. To apply for a pensioner rebate please fill out our Pensioner rebate form
Land from which sewage is discharged into a sewer main belonging to MidCoast Water Services is subject to an annual sewer connected charge. A sewer unconnected charge may apply to land that is situated within 75 metres of a sewer main belonging to MidCoast Water Services, whether that land is connected to the sewer or not.
Connected rate $254.75 per quarter
Unconnected rate $192 per quarter
MidCoast Council (former Great Lakes and Greater Taree council areas)
Approved pump charge: $205 per quarter
MidCoast Council (former Gloucester Shire council area)
Sewer pump maintenance charge: $57.75 per quarter
Properties with granny flats that are not used as multiple occupancies may be eligible for re-classification as single residences, thus reducing their sewer charges. You will need to apply for re-classification as a single residence (conditions apply). For further details contact MidCoast Water Services on 1300 133 455.
Sewer volumetric charges
These charges are applicable to motels, hotels, non-strata titled units, caravan parks, licensed clubs, laundries, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, community swimming pools, shopping complexes, preschools, restaurants, service stations, factories, car wash facilities, medical centres and multiple occupancies.
The sewer volumetric charging system consists of two components; an access charge and a usage charge.
This is a fixed charge based on meter size as follows:
|Meter size||Annual access charge||Quarterly access charge|
The above figures are multiplied by a discharge factor. This discharge factor is assessed on the percentage of water purchased from MidCoast Water Services discharged into the sewer. The factor depends on the nature of the business.
Discharge factors can be obtained by contacting MidCoast Water Services on 1300 133 455.
$2.62 per kilolitre of assessed discharge to sewerage
A minimum charge of $1,019 will apply to all properties charged under the volumetric formula
These charges are in addition to any trade waste charges which may apply.
A special rate applies to some areas where new sewerage schemes have taken place - such as Crowdy Head, Pelican Bay and Barrington.