Standalone house connected to water and pressure sewer

Pressure sewer systems are an alternate solution in areas where conventional gravity sewer systems are not suitable.  Maison Dieu and Gowrie are serviced by a reticulated pressure sewer, with a small number of pressure sewer systems installed in other locations across the sewer service area, where it is a more suitable solution due to the topography of the land.  Properties with a pressure sewer connection will have a tank and pumping unit installed within the property boundary connected tot eh pressure sewer main in the street.

A house with a single connection to water and pressure sewer system is liable for a fixed sewer service, pressure sewer pump maintenance fee, fixed water access, or base, charge and water usage charges. 

Access charges and pump maintenance fee are payable on as part of the annual Rates Notice and usage charges reflect the volume of water that has passed through the meter, paid in arrears based on the reading of the water meter, three times a year.  Pump maintenance fees are charged annually and are based on the number of pumps in the system installed.

Below are the prices effective from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.  

Typical charges for a standalone house with a 20mm water service and simplex (one pump) pressure sewer system are; 

Charge DescriptionCharge AmountCharge Frequency
Water Access (Base) Charge$176.85per annum on rates notice
Water usage Charge (less than 450kL)$2.26per kL (1000 litres) on water usage notice tri annually
Water Usage Charge (greater than 450kL)$3.39per kL (1000 litres) on water usage notice tri annually
Sewer Service Charge$705.60per annum on rates notice
Pressure Sewer Pump Maintenance Fee$252.00charged per pump, per annum on rates notice


If a water connection is available to the property, however a connection has not been established, meaning no meter has been installed, a Vacant Access Charge is payable annually on the Rates Notice for the property. Water Access Charges for other size meters, including vacant charges, are:

Meter Size
Annual Water Access (Base) Charge
Access - Vacant$176.85
25mm$276.33
32mm$452.74
40mm$707.40
50mm$1105.31


 A complete list of current water and sewer prices is available within Council’s Operational Plan.