You spoke. We listened.
We asked our customers’ what they expect from our services and prices, and that feedback has directly shaped what we’ll deliver for the next five years. Learn more about how we determine the price of water and sewer services.
You can expect:
We’re reducing water, sewerage and recycled water prices from 1 July 2018.
For residential customers, this includes:
- less cost per kilolitre for water you use
- halving what we charge to collect, treat, and dispose of your sewage. On your bill it’s called ‘sewage disposal’
- a 4% reduction across both water and sewerage service charges
- lower prices for the water and recycled water you use
If you’re a business customer, you’ll benefit from lower prices, too – including reduced usage and service charges, with a 3.7% annual reduction on the average bill. If you have a trade waste agreement, your prices will remain stable.
You’ll see these benefits in your next bill and across the coming year with most bills decreasing.
We’ve also made our bills easier to understand and fairer for everyone.
- There used to be three bands of water pricing, with charges increasing the more water you use. We’ve simplified this to two bands.
- We’ve removed the recycled water service charge for properties connected to purple pipes.
Get the basics right, always
We’re planning upgrades to 35% more water mains to increase reliability and performance. We’re also preparing for population growth, by constructing water and sewerage pipes in some of Melbourne’s fastest growing regions like Clyde and Officer, to connect new customers to our essential services.
Warn me, inform me
So we can provide you with timely and relevant information, we’re increasing the number of proactive warnings we send on planned and unplanned works, and reducing interruptions to your supply during peak times. Ensure you update your details here on mySouthEastWater so you can receive outage warnings.
Fair and affordable for all
Along with reduced prices and simpler charges, we’re providing increased support and more flexible payment options to help manage your bill.
We’ll also provide more online services to give you greater choice and control over your account.
No matter your circumstances, we can tailor a solution that helps support your individual needs. This could include:
- help accessing financial assistance
- establishing a payment plan
- receiving more time to pay
- receiving a concession or a free audit of your plumbing
or any of our other support options.
Support my community, protect our environment
We’ll continue to develop alternative water solutions to reduce reliance on drinking water. One way we’ll deliver this is at Fisherman’s Bend, where we’ll use stormwater, recycled water and rainwater to help the 160,000 people who will live and work in the area reduce drinking water use by 45%.
We’ll also increase use of recycled water by residential customers by 30% in designated recycled water areas, and minimise sewage spills with enhanced monitoring. In addition, we’re on a path to reduce our carbon emissions by 45% by 2025 by investing in solar panels and increased battery storage.
Make my experience better
By listening and better understanding your needs, it’s our goal to resolve your query the first time you contact us and improve the way we respond when you’re not happy with the service we provide. We’ll also raise more awareness about our services and how we can help when you need us.
Tell us what you think about these changes and have your say.