In Tasmania, there are three regional water and sewerage corporations that are responsible for the provision of water and sewerage services: Ben Lomond Water; Cradle Mountain Water; and Southern Water. The corporations are owned by the local councils of Tasmania.
All three corporations are supported by the common services corporation Onstream, and are part of an ongoing reform of the water and sewerage industry. More information on the reform of the water and sewerage industry can be found under background and reform.
In the water and sewerage industry, two-part pricing for water will be supported by the rollout of water meters to properties without a working meter. Water meters will give customers some control over the size of their bills, will help the corporations to reduce water losses due to leaks, target their capital expenditure more efficiently and allow them to delay expensive capital works.
The rollout of meters to properties that are currently unmetered, or do not have a functioning meter, is the responsibility of the regional water and sewerage corporations and will take place in 2011 and the first half of 2012.
Until the completion of the meter rollout in 2012, an Interim Price Order applies for pricing in the water and sewerage industry. The IPO was designed as a transitional pricing arrangement until 1 July 2012 when the Tasmanian Economic Regulator will be responsible for independent price regulation in the water and sewerage industry under a regulatory framework.