Water bills held to CPI for SA households

SA Water has announced that water and sewerage price adjustments for 2018-19 will be capped at 1.9 per cent on average, to reflect the Consumer Price Index (CPI).*

For the average metropolitan residential customer, this will mean a combined water and sewerage bill increase of around $23.**

“SA Water has been able to keep next year’s water and sewerage price increases to CPI,” said Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs.

“South Australian households are facing a number of cost of living pressures, from rising energy bills to unjustified council rate hikes.

“The Marshall Liberal Government has a strong reform agenda that will help ease the cost of living for South Australian households and lower costs for businesses.

“We have already provided financial relief by wiping $360 million off Emergency Services Levy bills over the next four years.

“We will also be introducing legislation to cap council rates, cap NRM Levy increases and deliver our Energy Solution to lower power bills which will further ease cost of living pressures.”

SA Water’s water and sewerage revenues for the 2016-20 regulatory period are subject to four-year total revenue caps set by independent regulator the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA).

A full schedule of SA Water's fees and charges is available at www.sawater.com.au.


*March Consumer Price Index, All Groups Index Number (weighted average of eight capital cities) published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, to align to ESCOSA’s 2016-20 revenue determination.

**Based on the average metropolitan residential water use of 184 kL and property value of $447,000.

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