WATER CORPORATION RESTRICTS ACCESS TO STANDPIPES

Published: Tuesday, 30 July 2019 at 2:47:34 PM

Water Corporation have implemented a new standpipe pricing structure as of the 1st of July. As a result, the Shire has to now restrict all public access to standpipes, so that we can retain the concessional rates provided by Water Corporation to the Shire.

What is changing?

Water Corporation have dictated that high flow rate Local Government owned fixed standpipes, that are accessible by the public, will now be charged at commercial rates. The standpipe that has been classified for commercial use, as outlined by Water Corporation, is located within the Depot at the Shire of Merredin, a ‘step 15’ standpipe. This means commercial water access is only during depot operating hours and cannot be accessed at any other time. Water Corporation is allowing the Shire to elect a standpipe of a meter size less than 20mm to be classified as a ‘community standpipe,’ and this can be used by the community for those requiring potable water, subject to fees and charges that have been reduced this financial year. The elected ‘community standpipe’ is located close to the intersection of Booran South Road and Bullshead Road.

Why are these changes happening?

Water Corporation are enforcing these changes as some customers have been accessing Local Government owned standpipes with concessional rates. These changes ensure that commercial customers will be paying the same rate across the state. The Shire is working on installing a swipe card system and standpipes will be available to fire brigades for emergency use only.

For more information please head to https://www.watercorporation.com.au/home/business/starting-up/regional-fixed-standpipes or call the Shire on 9041 1611.

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