The Water Plan (2013–2018) is our 5-year business plan, and outlines:
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The 2013 Water Plan has been developed by Barwon Water with input from our customers and stakeholders.
The final 2013 was submitted to the Essential Services Commission (ESC) for final approval on 28 September 2012. The ESC released its final determination on 18 June 2013. The ESC is the independent economic regulator of the water industry.
Barwon Water has committed to a 7.6% price decrease (excluding CPI) over the 5-year life of the plan. This equates to an average reduction of 1.6% per year, before inflation.
We are moving from a period of significant investment in securing Geelong's water supply to a new phase focussed on efficient delivery of quality services.
The plan outlines the total revenue of $872 million required to fund operations and capital expenditure, and a forecast spend of $341 million over the next five years — less than half that of the previous water plan.
After five years of 'double-digit' price increases, we are conscious of cost of living pressures. We are committed to customer affordability and minimising costs for our customers.