SOUTH Gippsland Water customers are in for a pleasant surprise when they look at their latest water bills.
Ninety per cent of residential customers and some small business customers will see reduced bills, with savings in their water and wastewater service charges.
Customers paying annual service charges can expect to receive an average of $48 off their bills each year for the next four years. The savings commenced on July 1, but this latest account, dispatched in recent days, is the first for which the reduced annual service charges apply.
The reduced bills have been achieved as a result of the Victorian Government’s Fairer Water Bills initiative.
Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan explained that under this initiative the government asked water corporations to identify ways they could help customers save on their water bills without compromising on service.
“South Gippsland Water highlighted a number of cost saving measures, which included partnering with other corporations to achieve larger savings, more efficient use of water treatments and lower vehicle management costs,” he said.
South Gippsland Water Chairman Joan Liley said the corporation was pleased to deliver savings for customers over the next four years.
“These savings will help to ease pressures on household and small business budgets,” she said.
The savings will apply until June 30, 2018, when South Gippsland Water will review its prices for the following five years as part of Water Plan 4.