Standpipes within Shire of Goomalling closed to public from July 2019

Published on Thursday, 2 May 2019 at 3:10:01 PM


Water is a valuable resource and regulated charges are set by the State Government based on its use.

From the 1 July 2019 the Water Corporation will implement a new charging system for Local Government owned fixed standpipes.   The new charges will be prohibitive for Council to continue to supply potable water to residents through this system. 

The new pricing structure is linked to the size of the standpipe meter, as this determines the flow rate.  Sale of water from a standpipe with an outlet diameter of greater than 25mm (high flow) will incur a service charge of up to many thousands of dollars and a base rate of more than $8/KL, which is not feasible for Council to charge out to its ratepayers.  

As a result of these changes the Council has resolved for all 6 standpipes within the Shire of Goomalling to be closed to the public. Therefore they will need to be locked and only be accessible for Council usage and for firefighting purposes.

Unfortunately, this also means local businesses will no longer be allowed to purchase water from our standpipes and will need to use commercial standpipes eg. in Northam or Toodyay.

When a State Government declared drought zone exists, all large shire-owned fixed standpipes will be made available at concessional rates to the community for drought relief in accordance with the terms of the declaration conditions.

There will be no change to Fire Standpipes (if locked) or fixed standpipes installed on privately owned property.

Media Contact:  Karen Mannaerts, Executive Assistant
Authorising Officer:  Peter Bentley, Chief Executive Officer
Date:  2 May 2019

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