The below changes are to apply from 1 October 2021, with the exception of the State Government bulk water charge which will apply from 1 July 2021. 

Water services
Tiered Consumption Charges

Per kilolitre

Tier 1 consumption (up to 74kL per quarter2)

Tier 2 consumption  (in excess of 74kL per quarter2)

$0.838

$1.741

Water service charge (25mm or less)

Per day

This is a fixed charge based on the size and number of water meters servicing your property. Water services charges contribute to the cost of building new infrastructure and operating and maintaining our water network, including the infrastructure to support firefighting capacity.  $0.648

Water service charge (based on connection size)

Per day

26 - 32mm
33 - 40mm
41 - 50mm
51 - 65mm
66 - 80mm
81 - 100mm
101 - 150mm
151 - 200mm
Greater than 200mm
$1.658
$2.592
$4.050
$6.842
$10.368
$16.200
$36.450
$64.800
 $101.250
Water consumption is charged per kilolitre (1kL = 1,000 litres) and is based on your water meter reading.

State Government bulk water

Per kilolitre

This charge covers the cost incurred by Urban Utilities of buying treated water from the Queensland Government. It is applied based on how much water you use. Urban Utilities bill and collect bulk water charges on behalf of the State Government without any mark-up. 

$3.231 
Sewerage services
Sewerage service charge (25mm or less) - Brisbane1
Per day
This is a fixed charge based on the size of the water meter/s servicing your property multiplied by a Discharge Factor2 that contributes to the maintenance and operation of infrastructure to collect, treat and dispose of sewage from your property.
$1.718
Sewerage service charge (based on connection size) - Brisbane

Per day

26 - 32mm
33 - 40mm
41 - 50mm
51 - 65mm
66 - 80mm
81 - 100mm
101 - 150mm
151 - 200mm
Greater than 200mm

$4.398
$6.872
$10.737
$18.142
$27.488
$42.950
$96.637
$171.800
$268.437

Sewerage service charge (25mm or less) - Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Lockyer Valley

Per day3

This is a fixed charge based on the size of the water meter/s servicing your property multiplied by a Discharge Factor2 that contributes to the maintenance and operation of infrastructure to collect, treat and dispose of sewage from your property. $1.798 
Sewerage service charge (based on connection size) – Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Lockyer Valley Per day

26 - 32mm
33 - 40mm
41 - 50mm
51 - 65mm
66 - 80mm
81 - 100mm
101 - 150mm
151 - 200mm
Greater than 200mm

$4.602
$7.192
$11.237
$18.986
$28.768
$44.950
$101.137
$179.800
$280.937

Sewage disposal charge - All regions

Per kilolitre

A new variable charge that also contributes to the collection, transport and treatment costs for sewage up to domestic strength3  $2.400
Vacant land4
Water service charge connected 

Per Day

   $0.648
Sewerage service charge connected Per Day5

Brisbane

Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Somerset & Lockyer Valley 

$1.718

$1.798

Water service charge, tiered consumption charges, State Government Bulk Water Charge for vacant land properties, connected to the water supply, apply as per the business rates detailed above.

From 1 October 2021, water and sewerage charges are only applied where the services are available and connected to the water and/or sewerage network. 

Trade Waste

Trade waste imposes additional load on our sewerage system. Trade waste charges apply to customers discharging sewage into our network that is above domestic strength and recovers the cost associated with trade waste treatment and audit activities.

Trade waste approval holders will be assigned a trade waste category – 1, 2 or 3 – for charging purposes.

Category 1 approval holders will no longer incur trade waste charges and will pay sewage disposal charges instead, as their discharges are deemed at or below ‘domestic strength’ – i.e. the combined wastewater discharge is of a strength less than or equal to domestic sewage.
Category 2 approval holder discharges are deemed greater than ‘domestic strength’. Category 2 charges will be calculated based on water usage multiplied by Discharge Factor multiplied by an ‘above domestic strength’ tariff, which helps cover the treatment costs associated with above domestic strength trade waste.
Category 3 approval holders are those with approval to discharge more than 25kL per day or more than 25kg/day Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD). Category 3 charges are based on quality charges for Suspended Solids, BOD, Nitrogen (TKN) and Phosphorus (TP). These charges will be calculated using the customer’s input water volume, sewage discharge factor and readings from the trade waste discharge meter for accurate determination.

Trade Waste Charge per kilolitre
Category 2  $1.050 
  Charge per kilogram

Category 3
Suspended solids
BOD
Nitrogen
Phosphorus 


$1.950
$1.160
$2.940
$5.570

1. Sewerage services charge before a Discharge Factor is applied.

2. A percentage value identifying the proportion of water used at a property that is considered to be discharged back into the sewer network. Discharge Factors are determined by Land Use Code and differ across property types and industries. 

3. Domestic strength is an expression of the concentration of contaminants in typical domestic sewage. (Specifically, the contaminants concentrations are 300 mg/L Biochemical Oxygen Demand, 330 mg/L Suspended Solids, 70 mg/L Total Nitrogen, and 12 mg/L Total Phosphorous.)

4. Vacant land is land that does not contain buildings or structures and cannot be used for human habitation or occupation. It does not apply to land that is used for outdoor storage, assembly areas or rural activities such as cultivation or grazing. 

5. A discharge factor of 0.9 will apply to all vacant land.