Water pricing principles

Status
In progress

Our pricing principles provide high-level guidance as to how we assess the level and structure of prices, when making recommendations to the Government about pricing practices relating to monopoly water supply activities. The principles may also provide guidance to other water suppliers.

The principles are generally intended to promote economic efficiency and social equity in the supply and use of water and water supply infrastructure, consistent with our regulatory obligations.  

We consider it important for our pricing principles to be transparent and predictable so that stakeholders maintain confidence in our decision making and benefit from reduced regulatory costs.

We may refine these principles in future, as necessary, to take account of technological or institutional changes that alter our regulatory framework.


2020 review

We are currently reviewing our Statement of Regulatory Pricing Principles for the Water Sector (December 2000) and have released a draft statement for stakeholder comment. We will finalise our review following consideration of any stakeholder feedback on the draft statement.

We invite interested parties and stakeholders to comment on the draft statement. Submissions are due by 29 January 2021.

Reports and papers

Date
Title Document
03 November 2020 Draft statement of regulatory pricing principles for the water sector pdf, 392.39 Kb

Existing water pricing principles (December 2000)

We published our existing Statement of Regulatory Pricing Principles for the Water Sector in December 2000.

These pricing principles largely reflect outcomes associated with the operation of competitive markets but also seek to take account of a wide range of other public interest matters. We considered that prices should be cost-reflective and forward-looking, ensure revenue adequacy and promote sustainable investment.

We commissioned reports from various consultancies (available below) to contribute to the development of the consolidated statement of pricing principles.

Reports and papers

Date
Title Document
07 December 2000 Statement of regulatory pricing principles for the water sector (December 2000) pdf, 348.08 Kb
Date
Title Document
07 December 2000 Third party access pricing issues pdf, 46.83 Kb
07 December 2000 Transferred Infrastructure and Gifted Capital pdf, 46.28 Kb
07 December 2000 Urban Water Pricing Principles pdf, 175.76 Kb
07 December 2000 Urban Water Pricing – Asset optimisation pdf, 115.80 Kb