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Water and sewer charges

water supplyFrom July 1 2016

MidCoast Water 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).

Water supply charges

Connected land: land supplied with water from a water main belonging to MidCoast Water 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, whether that land is connected to the water supply or not. the annual unconnected water access charge is $232.

Access charges (based on meter size):

Meter size Annual charge Quarterly charge
20mm $232 $58
25mm $366 $91.50
32mm $606 $151.50
40mm $949 $237.25
50mm $1486 $371.50
80mm $3819 $954.75
100mm $5971 $1492.75

The water usage charge is the same throughout MidCoast Water's area of operations:

Usage charges:

$3.15 per kilolitre (thousand litres) for the first 50 kilolitres per quarter

$3.52 per kilolitre (thousand litres) in excess of 50 kilolitres per quarter

Industrial tariff:

$2.89 per kilolitre (industrial usage greater than 20,000 kilolitres per year)

$2.52 per kilolitre (industrial usage greater than 100,000 kilolitres per year)

Pensioners:

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 

Sewerage charges

Land from which sewage is discharged into a sewer main belonging to MidCoast Water 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, whether that land is connected to the sewer or not.

Residential:

Connected rate $242.50/quarter
Unconnected rate $182.75/quarter

MidCoast Council (former Great Lakes and Greater Taree council areas)

Approved pump charge: $195.25 per quarter

MidCoast Council (former Gloucester Shire council area)

Sewer pump maintenance charge: $55 per quarter

Granny flats
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 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.

Access charge

This is a fixed charge based on meter size as follows:

Meter size Annual access charge Quarterly access charge
20mm $731 $182.75
25mm $1145 $286.25
32mm $1879 $469.75
40mm $2944 $736.00
50mm $4603 $1150.75
80mm $11794 $2948.50
100mm $17916

$4479.00

Discharge factor

The above figures are multiplied by a discharge factor. This discharge factor is assessed on the percentage of water purchased from MidCoast Water discharged into the sewer. The factor depends on the nature of the business.

Discharge factors can be obtained by contacting MidCoast Water on 1300 133 455.

Usage charge

$2.52 per kilolitre of assessed discharge to sewerage

A minimum charge of $970 will apply to all properties charged under the volumetric formula

These charges are in addition to any trade waste charges which may apply.

Special rates

A special rate applies to some areas where new sewerage schemes have taken place - such as Crowdy Head, Pelican Bay and Barrington.