Price Determination for SA Water 2016-20

Submission To The Essential Services Commission Of South Australia

COTA SA urges ESCOSA, when determining its framework for setting SA Water's rate of return, to adhere to the following principles:

  • consider the cost-of-living and financial pressures on consumers, and in particular those who are most vulnerable;
  • recognise water and sewerage services as a public good and a social right;
  • ensure any framework does not result in unduly elevated rates of return that allow SA Water to charge customers excessively;
  • reflect SA Water's position as a monopoly provider and not to use this position at the detriment of the consumer; and
  • take into account multi-faceted consumer preferences, based on consultation.