Changes to ‘Save the River Murray’ Levy

Date posted: 01 July 2013

From July, SA Water customers who are not able to be supplied with water from the River Murray will no longer pay the ‘Save the River Murray’ levy.

The new exemption has been introduced as part of the Water Industry Act 2012 and will apply in addition to existing exemptions.

The exemption will cover only those customers who are not part of a water supply system connected to the River Murray.

The levy will continue to be applied to customers who use water from the River Murray to maintain the security of the river’s water supplies and support a healthy river system.

To apply the exemption, a rigorous process was undertaken to identify those customers who would be exempt under the new arrangements, as well as to develop appropriate changes to SA Water’s billing.

As a result, the levy will no longer be paid by SA Water’s customers:

  • whose land is not able to be supplied with River Murray water from SA Water’s network.
  • whose land is able to be supplied in some way with River Murray water only during an emergency or exceptional circumstances.
  • whose regular supply is not sourced from the River Murray but who are supplied from time to time with carted water sourced from the River Murray (e.g. water supplied by tanker or bottled water).

Other existing legislated exemption arrangements will also continue. The levy will continue to be paid by SA Water customers:

  • whose land is supplied with water by a supply system that is connected in any way to a water resource from the River Murray.
  • whose land is supplied with a mixture of River Murray water and other water.
  • whose land is supplied with River Murray water periodically.

Along with independent regulation of the water industry by the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA), the levy changes are part of a package of pricing reforms that take effect from 1 July 2013, as originally legislated under the Act.

For further information, visit SA Water.

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