Water and Sewerage

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Commission Responds to News Reports on the ACT Government's Integrated Urban Waterways Project

The Commission today responded to news reports on the ACT Government’s Integrated Urban Waterways Project. A copy of the media statement is available below:

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Media Statement - SWU Media Response (4 October 2012)PDF188 KB04/10/2012

Inquiry into Secondary Water Use

Terms of Reference

Issues Paper

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Report 9 of 2011: Issues Paper - Secondary Water Use in the ACT (November 2011)PDF613 KB-
Report 8 of 2011: Context Paper - Water in the ACT (November 2011)PDF1 MB-
Media Release - Context Paper - Water in the ACT (23 November 2011)PDF159 KB23/11/2011

Draft Report

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Report 3 of 2012: Draft Report - Secondary Water Use in the ACT (May 2012)PDF2 MB10/05/2012
Secondary Water Use Inquiry - Cost Analysis (SECG)PDF1 MB14/05/2012
Media Release - Draft Report - Secondary Water Use in the ACT (14 May 2012)PDF150 KB14/05/2012

Final Report

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Report 6 of 2012: Final Report - Secondary Water Use in the ACT (July 2012)PDF2 MB-

Submissions (Issues Paper)

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Submission 1 (24 November 2011) Veronika SainPDF12 KB24/11/2011
Submission 2 (16 December 2011) Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the EnvironmentPDF847 KB16/12/2011
Submission 3 (20 December 2011) Easyrain Pty LtdPDF149 KB20/12/2011
Submission 4 (20 December 2011) Ian LawrencePDF120 KB20/12/2011
Submission 5 (22 December 2011) Shane Rattenbury MLAPDF41 KB22/12/2011
Submission 6 (5 January 2012) ACTEW Corporation LtdPDF179 KB05/01/2012
Submission 7 (25 January 2012) ACT Health DirectoratePDF594 KB25/01/2012
Submission 8 (25 January 2012) The Village Building Co LimitedPDF82 KB25/01/2012
Submission 9 (2 February 2012) Territory and Municipal Services DirectoratePDF2 MB02/02/2012

Submissions (Draft Report)

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Submission 10 (25 May 2012) Jack KershawPDF20 KB25/05/2012
Submission 11 (12 June 2012) Shane Rattenbury MLAPDF140 KB12/06/2012
Submission 12 (12 June 2012) Ian FalconerPDF30 KB12/06/2012
Submission 13 (13 June 2012) Ian LawrencePDF272 KB13/06/2012
Submission 14 (18 June 2012) ACTEW Corporation LtdPDF1 MB18/06/2012
Submission 15 (25 June 2012) Education and Training DirectoratePDF338 KB25/06/2012

Cotter Dam Water Security Project Investigation

Terms of Reference

Media Release

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Media Release - Enlarged Cotter Dam Water Security Project Investigation (23 November 2009)PDF51 KB23/11/2009

Draft Report and Halcrow Report

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Report 6 of 2010: Draft Report - Enlarged Cotter Dam Water Security Project (April 2010)PDF751 KB30/04/2010
Halcrow Report - Enlarged Cotter Dam (March 2010)PDF1 MB-
Media Release - Draft Commission Report - Enlarged Cotter Dam Inquiry (30 April 2010)PDF38 KB30/04/2010

Public Hearing

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Enlarged Cotter Dam Investigation Public Hearing TranscriptPDF149 KB25/05/2010
Enlarged Cotter Dam Investigation Public Hearing Presentation (Drew Collins, BDA Group)PDF1 MB24/05/2010

Final Report

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Report 9 of 2010: Final Report - Enlarged Cotter Dam Water Security Project (June 2010)PDF692 KB-
Media Release - Final Report - Enlarged Cotter Dam Water Security Project (30 June 2010)PDF39 KB30/06/2010

Submissions (Matters subject to the Terms of Reference)

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Submission 1 (25 November 2009) Zed Seselja MLAPDF786 KB25/11/2009
Submission 2 (30 November 2009) BDA GroupPDF367 KB30/11/2009
Submission 3 (1 December 2009) J KershawPDF20 KB01/12/2009

Submissions (Draft Report)

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Submission 4 (3 May 2010) J KershawPDF15 KB03/05/2010
Submission 5 (4 May 2010) S Mortimer (Ngambri Elder)PDF535 KB04/05/2010
Submission 6 (28 May 2910) J O'DonohuePDF27 KB28/05/2010
Submission 7 (2 June 2010) ACTEWPDF149 KB02/06/2010
Supplementary Submission 7a (28 May 2010) ACTEWPDF178 KB28/05/2010

Water and Wastewater Price Review 2008-2013

Information Paper

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Report 13 of 2006: Information Paper - Prices for Water and Wastewater Services (August 2006)PDF506 KB09/08/2006
Media Release - Information Paper - Prices for Water and Wastewater Services (11 August 2006)PDF64 KB11/08/2006

Terms of Reference

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Media Release - Water & Wastewater Price Review (9 March 2007)PDF129 KB09/03/2007

Discussion Paper 1

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Report 14 of 2006: Water and Wastewater Discussion Paper 1 - Technical Regulatory Issues (November 2006)PDF826 KB-
Media Release - Water and Wastewater Discussion Paper 1 (16 November 2006)PDF41 KB16/11/2006

Discussion Paper 2

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Report 3 of 2007: Water and Wastewater Discussion Paper 2 - Return on Capital (March 2007)PDF282 KB23/03/2007
Media Release - Water and Wastewater Discussion Paper 2 (28 March 2006)PDF121 KB28/03/2006

Discussion Paper 3

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Report 8 of 2007: Water and Wastewater Discussion Paper 3 - Prices (August 2007) PDF410 KB-
Media Release - Water and Wastewater Discussion Paper 3 (16 August 2007)PDF55 KB16/08/2007

Submissions (Discussion Paper 3)

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Actew response to Discussion Paper 3 (September 2007)PDF90 KB07/09/2007
Essential Services Commission (11 September 2007)PDF58 KB11/09/2007
Scott Crawford (8 September 2007)PDF3 MB08/09/2007
Terry Dwyer (11 September 2007)PDF63 KB11/09/2007

The Commission also received the following submissions:

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Terry Dwyer PaperPDF156 KB-
Kevin Cox SubmissionPDF34 KB-
Kevin Cox LetterPDF73 KB-
Kevin Cox Commercial Water RewardsPDF146 KB-
Kevin Cox Reconciling self interest and the public goodPDF107 KB-
Mrs Jo Forestier (24 March 2007)PDF1 MB24/03/2007
Atech Group (September 2007)PDF880 KB-
Water Our Garden City (6 September 2007)PDF22 KB06/09/2007
Queanbeyan City Council (21 September 2007)PDF690 KB21/09/2007
Actew main submission (September 2007) PDF1 MB-
ACT Planning and Land Authority (October 2007)PDF161 KB-
Actew Information Paper (14 November 2007)PDF149 KB14/11/2007
ACT Government (30 November 2007)PDF450 KB30/11/2007
ACT Government (20 February 2008)PDF272 KB20/02/2008

Working Conclusions Paper

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Report 9 of 2007: Water and Wastewater Price Review - Working Conclusions Paper (September 2007)PDF732 KB23/09/2007
Media Release - Water and Wastewater Price Review - Working Conclusions Paper (25 September 2007)PDF58 KB25/09/2007

Submissions (Working Conclusions Paper)

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Actew (19 October 2007)PDF157 KB19/10/2007
Essential Services Commission (25 September 2007)PDF32 KB25/09/2007
Terry DwyerPDF18 KB-
Terry Dwyer (1 December 2007)PDF14 KB01/12/2007

Draft Report

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Report 11 of 2007: Water and Wastewater Price Review - Draft Report and Price Determination (December 2007)PDF1 MB-
Corrigendum - Report 11 of 2007: Water and Wastewater Price Review - Draft Report and Price DeterminationPDF17 KB-
Media Release - Water and Wastewater Price Review - Draft Report (14 December 2007)PDF101 KB14/12/2007

Submissions (Draft Report)

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ESCC (5 March 2008)PDF175 KB05/03/2008
Kevin Cox (29 January 2008)PDF113 KB29/01/2008
Horticultural Society (29 January 2008)PDF1 MB29/01/2008
Helen Hadobas (1 February 2008)PDF81 KB01/02/2008
Peter Jansen (12 February 2008)PDF30 KB12/02/2008
Dr Christopher Dorman (February 2008)PDF453 KB13/02/2008
Nick Mayo and Sarah Clayton (8 February 2008)PDF14 KB08/02/2008
ACTEW Response to Technical Regulators Report (January 2008)PDF218 KB13/02/2008
ACTEW Response to Draft Decision (8 February 2008)PDF554 KB08/02/2008
CEG Report for ACTEW - a Methodology for Determining Expected Inflation (17 January 2008)PDF105 KB17/01/2008

Public Hearing

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Public Hearing - Transcript of Proceedings (14 February 2008) PDF385 KB14/02/2008

Final Report

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Report 1 of 2008: Water and Wastewater Price Review - Final Report and Price Determination (April 2008) PDF2 MB-
Corrigendum - Report 1 of 2008: Water and Wastewater Price Review - Final Report and Price DeterminationPDF124 KB-
Media Release - Water and Wastewater Price Review - Final Report and Price Determination (11 April 2008)PDF58 KB11/04/2008

The Five-Year Price Path for the ACT

On 19 March 2008, Senior Commissioner Paul Baxter gave a paper on the five-year water price path for the ACT to the Energy and Water Regulation 2008 Conference in Melbourne. The paper canvasses some of the practical matters faced by pricing regulators in determining the price of water, and comments on the complex issue of establishing a well functioning market for water. A copy of the paper can be accessed below:

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
The Five-Year Water Price Path for the ACT (March 2008)PDF115 KB19/03/2008

Consultants Report Capex/Opex Review

The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (the Commission) engaged McLennan Magasanik Associates (MMA) in conjunction with WorleyParsons (the Consultants) to conduct a review of the operating expenditure, capital expenditure, asset management practices, demand forecasts and ring fencing arrangements of ActewAGL and ACTEW’s Water and Wastewater Services in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The focus of the study was to provide an overall strategic view of:

  • whether the proposed levels of capital and operating expenditure are reasonable and efficient;
  • the prudency of past capital expenditure
( Document Name Type Size Published date )
MMA Consultants Report (19 November 2007)PDF2 MB19/11/2007

Review of Water and Wastewater Pricing

On 23 October 2007, the Chief Minister announced a suite of measures intended to create a secure and sustainable water supply for the ACT. The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (the Commission) commissioned Halcrow Pacific Pty Ltd (the Consultants) to undertake a review of proposed capital and operating expenditure associated with the implementation of a number of water security measures to service consumers in the ACT. The primary objectives of the assignment were to assess, in respect to capital and operating expenditure associated with the water security measures announced by the Chief Minister on 23 October 2007:

  • the prudence and efficiency of the proposed capital expenditure for the water security program;
  • the efficiency of the estimated operating expenditure for the water security program; and
  • to establish and apply a reasonableness test where sufficient information is not available to test prudence or efficiency.

The water security measures assessed as part of the review included:

  • increasing the size of Cotter Dam;
  • installation of infrastructure to transfer water from the Murrumbidgee River to Googong Dam;
  • trial of a Smart Metering System; and
  • design of a Demonstration Water Treatment Plant
( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Halcrow Consultants Report (April 2008)PDF500 KB-

Water and Wastewater Annual Price Reset 2006-2007

The Commission has approved new prices for water and wastewater services in the ACT to apply from 1 July 2006. 2006-07 prices and an explanation of how they are determined can be found in the following Media Release (12 May 2007). The approval of these prices follow an investigation by the Commission into the treatment of a range of costs unforeseen when determining the current price path. The information paper released by the Commission on the treatment of these cots and submissions received are available below under Report 6 of 2006 – Information paper water and wastewater annual price reset 2006-07. In addition to the responses received on the information paper, the Commission sought additional details from Chief Minister’s Department and the Department of Treasury on the funding of remediation works in the Lower Cotter Catchment. The responses received are as follows:

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Media Release - Water Price Increase Approved 2006-07 (12 May 2007)PDF79 KB12/05/2007
Chief Minister's Department Response (27 March 2006)PDF309 KB27/03/2006
Department of Treasury Response (30 March 2006)PDF485 KB30/03/2006

Report 6 of 2006 - Information Paper Water and Wastewater Annual Price Reset 2006 - 2007

ACTEW Corporation has requested that the Commission consider water price increases to allow it to recover the costs of recent augmentation works. These works include a scheme to transfer water from the Cotter Catchment to Googong Dam and remediation works in the Cotter Catchment. In response to the request from ACTEW, the Commission has released an Information Paper. The information paper outlines the request and discusses a range of possible options available to the Commission in the treatment of the costs associated with the works. In addition, the Commission released a Media Release (28 February 2006). Find attached the proposal from ACTEW and the Commission’s earlier Media Release (3 February 2006).

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Information PaperPDF308 KB27/02/2006
Media Release - Information Paper (28 February 2006)PDF65 KB28/02/2006
ProposalPDF413 KB-
Media Release - Possible Water Price Increases in 2006-07 (3 February 2006)PDF65 KB03/02/2006

Submissions (Information Paper)

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DUS Submission (15 March 2006)PDF189 KB15/03/2006
DHCS Submission (13 March 2006)PDF96 KB13/03/2006
Water Our Garden City Inc Submission (16 March 2006)PDF49 KB16/03/2006
Maxwell Mills Submission (27 March 2006)PDF134 KB27/03/2006
Department of Education and Training Submission (March 2006)PDF34 KB-
ACTCOSS Submission (March 2006)PDF42 KB-
ESCC Submission (16 March 2006)PDF33 KB16/03/2006
Greg Hutchison Submission (March 2006)PDF25 KB-
Keith Sayers Submission (March 2006)PDF11 KB-
Richard Mulcahy Submission (17 March 2006)PDF22 KB17/03/2006
Terry Dwyer Submission (March 2006)PDF165 KB-
CRES Submission 1 (6 March 2006)PDF40 KB06/03/2006
CRES Submission 2 (March 2006)PDF280 KB-

Review of Efficiency and Service Standard Incentive Mechanisms (2005)

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Report 3 of 2005: Incentive Mechanism Discussion Paper (March 2005)PDF972 KB-
Report 5 of 2005: Draft Decision - Review of Efficiency and Service Standard Incentive Mechanisms (August 2005)PDF362 KB02/08/2005
Media Release - Issues Paper - Electricity Infrastructure (2 August 2005)DOC333 KB02/08/2005
Report 16 of 2005: Final Decision - Review of Efficiency and Service Standard Incentive Mechanisms (December 2005)PDF341 KB-

Submissions (Discussion paper)

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ACTCOSS (May 2005)PDF406 KB-
ActewAGL and ACTEW (May 2005)PDF5 MB-

Submissions (Draft Decision)

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ACTEW and ActewAGL (31 August 2005)PDF488 KB31/08/2005

Investigation into Prices for Water and Wastewater Services in the ACT 2004-2008

On Wednesday 31 March, the Senior Commissioner, Mr Paul Baxter, released the Final Report and Price Direction on the above inquiry.

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Final Report and Price Direction - Investigation Into Prices for Water and Wastewater Services in the ACT (March 2004)PDF1 MB31/03/2004
Media Release - Final Report and Price Direction - Investigation Into Prices for Water and Wastewater Services in the ACT (March 2004)PDF57 KB31/03/2004
Public Hearing (6 Feb 2004)PDF155 KB06/02/2004
Draft Report - Investigation Into Prices for Water and Wastewater Services in the ACT (December 2003)PDF1 MB03/12/2003
Issues Paper - Investigation Into Prices for Water and Wastewater Services in the ACT (July 2003)PDF425 KB29/07/2003
BRW Review of Expenditure, Demand Forecasts and cost attribution for the electricity and water services in the ACT (15 October 2003)PDF3 MB15/10/2003

Submissions (Draft Report)

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Maureen Chan (8 December 2003)PDF5 KB08/12/2003
Robyn Cummins (December 2003)PDF7 KB-
Victor StevensPDF13 KB-
Essential Services Consumer Council (January 2004)PDF19 KB-
Joint House Department, Parliament House (January 2004) PDF96 KB-
Conservation Council of the South East Region and Canberra (February 2004)PDF113 KB-
ACT Council of Social Services Inc (28 August 2004)PDF27 KB28/08/2004
Joint position paper of the ACT Council of Social Services and the Conservation Council of the South East Region and Canberra (October 2003)PDF94 KB-
ACTEW Corporation (January 2004)PDF882 KB-
Queanbeyan City Council (6 February 2004)PDF2 MB06/02/2004
ActewAGL (February 2004)PDF54 KB-

Submissions (Issues Paper)

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Keith Sayers (19 August 2003) DOC23 KB19/08/2003
Peter Jansen, President, Property Owners and Ratepayers Association of ACT (August 2003)DOC24 KB-
ACT Council of Social Services and Conservation Council (August 2003)PDF46 KB-
ActewAGL (Commercial-in-Confidence): First Submission - - -
ActewAGL (Commercial-in-Confidence): Second Submission - - -

Water Abstraction Charge

Reports on the WAC deals with what the Commission considers are a range of crucial issues in determining the charge and has also looked at the role that the charge might play in moderating demand for a scarce but essential resource.

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Issues Paper - Water Abstraction Charge (July 2003)PDF82 KB-
Media Release: Draft Report - Water Abstraction Charge (9 September 2003)PDF70 KB09/09/2003
Draft Report - Water Abstraction Charge (September 2003)PDF119 KB-
Final Report - Water Abstraction Charge (October 2003)PDF127 KB10/10/2003

Submissions (Draft Report)

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
M Kristofferson (23 September 2003) PDF85 KB23/09/2003
ACTEW Corporation - - -
Conservation Council (October 2003)PDF24 KB-
Peter Jansen (ACT Property Owners and Ratepayers Association) August 2003DOC24 KB-
Murrumbidgee Country Club (July 2003)DOC46 KB-
ACT Council of Social Services (28 August 2003)PDF28 KB28/08/2003

ActewAGL's Electricity, Water and Sewerage Charges

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Information Paper - Investigation Into Prices for Electricity and Water Services in the ACT (December 2002)PDF389 KB-
Investigation into ACTEW's Electricity, Water and Sewerage Charges for 1997/1998PDF274 KB-
Investigation into ACTEW's Electricity, Water and Sewerage Charges for 1998/1999PDF328 KB-
ACTEW's Electricity, Water and Sewerage Charges for 1999/2000 to 2003/2004PDF336 KB-
ACTEW Electricity, Water and Sewerage charges for 1999/2000 to 2003/2004 - Pass through of the Water Abstraction Charge Report PDF2 MB-