Regional businesses will receive some relief over water charges with the McGowan Government delaying planned water charges.
Across 10 regional schemes, the delay will prevent an average 11.6 per cent increase to provide further COVID-19 financial relief.
The former Barnett Liberal National Government reviewed regional non-resident charges in 2013-14 and had decided that a number of regional areas were not paying the correct price for water.
Charges for non-resident customers in a number of regional schemes had increased following the review, affecting Cervantes, Cunderdin, Dunsborough/ Yallingup, Fitzroy Crossing, Hamel/ Waroona, Nilgen, Porongurup, Prevelly, Yarloop/Wagerup and Northam.
Charges for these schemes will be deferred.
The relief measure is addition to previously announced measures including a significant waiver of wastewater charges for businesses in hardship.
Water Minister Dave Kelly said the changes were the result of the economic impact of COVID-19.
“This decision by the McGowan Government to defer this long-planned increase, averaging 11.6 per cent, to water charges will provide additional support to businesses in these areas,” Mr Kelly said.
“This follows the waiver on wastewater service charges for business customers with four or more major fixtures worth up to $41,000, to help Water Corporation business customers financially recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”