Water bills to increase slightly


A small increase in water bills is on its way as The Essential Services Commission has released its final decision on Greater Western Water’s (GWW) price submission, which is now in effect.

Typical annual water and sewerage bills for residential owner-occupier customers will increase by a small amount, but below the rate of inflation.

For 2024-25, average annual bills will rise $31 a year in the central region and $35 in the western region, which includes Moorabool and the majority of Melton.

Ongoing cost of living pressures drove a strong commitment to keep bills stable.

GWW managing director Maree Lang said the organisation was committed to getting the best for the west, ensuring sustainable and resilient water services for all customers.

“We are investing $1.69 billion in infrastructure and technology to service booming populations and rapid growth in Melbourne’s central and western regions,” she said.

“Treatment plant upgrades will improve waterway health in the Werribee and Maribyrnong catchments, supporting our commitment to heal and care for Country.

“We are also pleased to see the ESC support our stormwater harvesting fund, which provides alternative water for public open green spaces. Our community was strongly in favour of this work, which saves precious drinking water and improves liveability.

“As the first price review since GWW was formed in 2021, this plan sets solid foundations for growth, and makes the long-term investments needed for the growing west to thrive.”