Hobart, Australia — (METERING.COM) — August 26, 2009 – The Tasmania government is researching the use of water meters in the state, treasurer Michael Aird has said.
Water meters are widely used throughout Australia and 18 out of Tasmania’s 29 councils – mostly in the north and northwest – already use water meters.
“Treasury is researching their use as part of the broader implementation of the water and sewerage reform project,” Aird said. “Comprehensive research will provide better information on the potential cost and benefits of the use of water meters.”
Aird added that water metering is a complex issue, which will be subject to significant further discussion including the provision of input from the independent regulator before any decisions are made.
Under the water and sewerage reform project, responsibility for the delivery of water was transferred from the councils to three regional corporations, Cradle Mountain Water, Ben Lomond Water and Southern Water, from July 1, 2009. In addition, a new regulatory framework is applicable to the industry, including independent regulatory oversight, customer service standards, price regulation and performance monitoring and reporting.
The three corporations are about to send out their first bills to customers, which also include an increase of up to 10 percent in water and sewerage charges in order to improve the standard of water and wastewater services across the state.