We've made some important changes to how we charge customers for water and sewerage services as part of our Simpler Pricing initiative. 

Are you a residential customer? Click here to find out what it means for you.

From Friday 1 October 2021, we've streamlined and simplified our tariffs so they're:

  • more equitable,
  • consistently applied across our service area,
  • and aligned to user pays principles.

Simpler Pricing primarily applies to Non-Residential/Business customers and gives you greater control over your water and sewerage bills. Simpler Pricing changes the way some charges are calculated and what many Non-residential/Business customers pay for on their bills.

Download the Simpler Pricing Customer Guide

What is user pays?

User pays is a sustainable, globally recognised resource pricing principle where customers who use or benefit more from water and sewerage services pay more than customers who use or benefit less.

As custodians of a precious natural resource, we believe it’s the best way to charge for essential services.

Why change?

When we were formed in 2010, we inherited five different tariff suites from our five different shareholder councils.

Simpler Pricing will address this and:

- ensure tariffs are applied consistently across council regions, and

- streamline our total number of tariffs from more than 400 to less than 100, allowing us to serve you more efficiently and effectively.


Key Changes

- Consistent meter-size based Water and Sewerage Services charges across our service region.

- A new Sewage Disposal charge to replace pedestal charges and some Trade Waste charges.

- Consistent, streamlined Trade Waste charges across our service region.

- Consistent, streamlined application of Vacant Land and Community Title Scheme charges across our service region.
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We're here to help

For more information on the changes, click the link that relates to your account type or classification.

You can also contact our dedicated Simpler Pricing Customer Help team 8:30am - 4pm weekdays via webchat, email simplerpricing@urbanutilities.com.au or call 1300 220 343 (8:30am-4pm weekdays).