Public Notice - Standpipes within Shire of Cunderdin closed to public from July 2019

Published: Thursday, 16 May 2019 at 9:52:33 AM

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

Standpipes within Shire of Cunderdin closed to public from July 2019

REGIONAL FIXED STANDPIPES – NEW CLASSIFICATIONS

Water is a valuable resource and regulated charges are set by the State Government based on its use.

From the 1 July 2019 the Water Corporation will implement a new charging system for Local Government owned fixed standpipes. The new charges will be prohibitive for the Shire to continue to supply potable water to residents through this system.

The new pricing structure is linked to the size of the standpipe meter, as this determines the flow rate. Sale of water from a standpipe with an outlet diameter of greater than 25mm (high flow) will incur a service charge of up to many thousands of dollars and a base rate of more than $8/KL, which is not feasible for the Shire to charge out to its ratepayers. 

As a result of these changes the Council has resolved that standpipes within the Shire of Cunderdin to be closed to the public. Accordingly, they will be locked and only accessible for Council usage and for firefighting purposes. 

Unfortunately, this also means locals and businesses will only be allowed to purchase water from Commercial standpipes within the townsites of Cunderdin and Meckering.

Keys for these standpipes must be obtained from the Shire Office or Barkley Royal Meckering.

In the event of a State Government declared “drought zone” exists, all shire-owned fixed standpipes will be made available at concessional rates to the community for drought relief in accordance with the terms of the declaration conditions.

The Standpipes will be progressively secured over the coming 6 weeks prior to 1 July 2019 requirements of the Water Corporation.

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