Preliminary approval for Westernport Water’s five-year price plan

The Essential Services Commission has given preliminary approval of Westernport Water’s price submission.

Only two of 14 water businesses received preliminary approval from the Commission. The draft decision was provided earlier than expected due to the quality of Westernport Water’s submission and the customer value it represented.

As per Westernport Water’s proposal, the plan will see a typical household’s annual water and sewerage bill (before inflation) rise from the current level of $1,227 to $1,230 in 2023-24, and then remain steady until 30 June 2028.

The Commission’s Executive Director of Pricing, Marcus Crudden, stated on 20 December 2022 that Westernport Water had prioritised affordability as a key customer outcome and focused on water quality and the environment.

Quotes attributed to Westernport Water’s Acting Managing Director Gareth Kennedy

“I welcome the Commission’s decision to provide preliminary approval for our five-year price plan.”

“The plan responds to the needs and priorities of our customers, including immediate climate change action, improved water quality, affordable prices and strong service levels.”

“Having our price submission recognised by the economic regulator for the quality of the work is a credit to our dedicated team and the customers that shaped our plan.”

“Our plan details the prices customers will pay for the services they receive for the five-year period from 1 July 2023.

“The Essential Services Commission is now inviting customers to have their say on their draft decision, ahead of the Commission’s final decision in May 2023.”

Read the ESC Media Release on the Preliminary Approval of Westernport Water’s five-year pricing plan.

Learn more about our five-year price plan


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