Fees and Charges 2017/18

Central Tablelands Water has adopted the following fees and charges for 2017/2018.  All fees and charges are reviewed annually and advertised for public comment prior to adoption for the ensuing financial year.

Water Charges

(Per Kilolitre)







Standpipe Sales


Water Charges – Quandialla

(Per Kilolitre)



Standpipe Sales


Bulk Water Charges

Cowra Shire


Availability Charges

(Per Annum)















Fire Service (Restricted to fire use only)


Unconnected Built upon Properties


Availability Charges

Quandialla (Per Annum)

Connected or disconnected – 20mm

All other size meters as above


Meter Test Fees

20mm and 25mm (other sizes POA)


Reconnection Fees

Non-payment (less than 3 months)


Non-payment (after three months)


Other Reconnection


Other Fees

Attend to Disconnect


Special Reading Fee


Developer Charges

Per equivalent tenement (ET)


Capital Contribution Charges

For developments on existing unconnected land, not subject to subdivision

Lake Rowlands Supply Area (per ET)


Quandialla – per year for each year, or part thereof, after construction year 2001/2002


Service Connection

((20mm only)

4 metres (footpath)


10 metres (dirt/gravel)


10 metres (bitumen)


20 metres (dirt/gravel)


20 metres (bitumen)


20 metres (bitumen & concrete footpath)


Rural connection


Connections 25mm, 32mm & above


Private Works

Labour rate per hour (during working hours)

(Overtime rates apply outside working hours)


Utility hire rate per kilometre


Excavator hire rate per hour


Contract Plant Hire

At cost

Administrative Fees

Section 603 Certificate (per property)


Dishonoured cheque


Photocopying (A4) per copy


Facsimile – first page


Facsimile – subsequent (per page)


Interest rate for overdue accounts

7.50% pa

Government Information Public Access (GIPA Act)

Formal Application


Processing Charge (Per hour)


Internal Review Processing Fee


Statement of Revenue Policy 2017/2018

The County Council model has proven to be a very effective institutional arrangement for the provision of water supply as the governance arrangement of the Council, comprising elected representatives from each of the constituent councils, maintaining a close relationship between the community expectations and the policy decisions of the Council.

Council resolved in 2006/2007 to effect an annual increase of 8% on the consumption tariff in order to self‐fund an extensive capital works program ($52.84 million in 2010 $ terms) over 30 years without the need for loan borrowings or government subsidies. In 2014/2015, Council resolved to end the annual increase of 8% in the consumption tariff in favour of a reduced annual increase of 5%. On review of Council’s LTFP and in order to self‐fund a 30 year capital works program, an increase of 8% on consumption charges will be applied for 2017/2018 with an increase of 6% for the remainder of the LTFP.

Availability charges will increase by $7.50 per quarter for a standard 20mm service from $200 to $230 per year, with larger services increasing respectively. It should be noted that the availability charges have not increased since FY 2012/2013. The increase in the availability charges are in accordance with the NSW Best Practice Management (BPM) of Water Supply and Sewerage guidelines.

The planned increase of 8% on the consumption tariff for 2017/2018, will see the cost per kilolitre rise from $2.55 to $2.75. The overall increase for an average residential bill using 191kL over 12 months will be $68.20 ($17.05 per quarter) which also includes the increase to the availability charges.

Council has a dedicated focus on consumer expectations and, through its pricing policy, consumers are receiving a water supply of high quality and reliability and this is wholly attributable to the pricing policy being able to fund an ongoing program of infrastructure renewal and upgrade. 

Council has embraced Best Practice Pricing of Local Water Utility services as outlined in the NSW Office of Water Best Practice Management of Water Supply and Sewerage Guidelines. In summary, the following pricing regime exists for Central Tablelands Water:

1.      A two part pricing policy of an availability (access) charge, determined on the diameter of the meter, and a straight line consumption charge,

2.       There are no non-residential cross subsidies.

3.       Water accounts are rendered quarterly.

Availability (Access) Charges

The availability charge is calculated by multiplying the charge for a standard 20mm connection by the flow capacity factor (FCF) listed in the Flow Capacity Table below.

Flow Capacity Table


Diameter of Water Service








Flow Capacity Factor









Developer Charges

Incorporated in Council’s Developer Servicing Plan is the calculated developer charge per Equivalent Tenement (ET) levied on all new developments, or additions/changes to existing developments, supplied from the Lake Rowlands Supply area.

The Section 64 Developer Charge for 2017/2018 is set at $8,980.00 per ET.

Council resolved that the determination of an ET would be in accordance with the Section 64 Determination of Equivalent Tenement Guidelines, published by the NSW Water Directorate and that the charge would be indexed on 1 July each year in accordance with the change in the Consumer Price Index for Sydney in the preceding 12 months to December.

Council has also adopted a capital contribution charge for developments on existing vacant unconnected land, not subject to subdivision (in-fill blocks), within all towns and villages, with the exception of Quandialla. This charge would also be indexed on 1 July each year in accordance with the change in the Consumer Price Index for Sydney in the preceding 12 months to December. The capital contribution charge on existing vacant unconnected land for 2017/2018 is $4,170.00 per ET.

The capital contribution charge for all vacant unbuilt upon land within the existing village of Quandialla remains in accordance with the adopted fees and charges for 2017/2018.