Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), is seeking public comment on its draft Assistance for Water Consumption costs associated with Home Haemodialysis Machines policy, which will be on public exhibition until Wednesday 31 May at Council’s Administration Centre or online via Council’s website at http://www.lpsc.nsw.gov.au/index.php/my-council/public-exhibition.
“Council has formulated policy on this issue because consumers who use home haemodialysis machines can use much more water than in a normal residential situation. In fact, usage can vary from 100kL to 150kL,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Consumers are charged lower rates for the first 300kl used per annum under normal circumstances. Consumption of the magnitude incurred through home dialysis can account for 50% of that allowance which effectively means they can end up paying for it at the rate for higher usage,” he said.
“There is no clear direction on the application of rebates or concessions available from other government agencies regarding medically derived water usage at home, so local water utilities have to develop their own policy, which is what this process is about,” he continued.
“The State Government demands our local water utility pursue best practice pricing to achieve ongoing full cost recovery for service. The draft policy is designed to recognise the increased cost burden of the home dialysis treatment process while at the same time providing a system of charging that still recognises Council’s obligations to best practice cost recovery,” he said.
“Anyone wishing to make a submission on the draft documents should forwarded such to LPSC’s General Manager prior to 5pm on Wednesday 31 May,” Councillor Hope concluded.