Snowy Monaro Regional Council has been recognised for achieving best practice service delivery, being awarded the most improved local water utility at the Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Water Management Conference.
Council received the coveted Sam Samra award for its work in implementing a range of reforms to foster better value services throughout the Snowy Monaro.
The award acknowledges Council’s efforts in undertaking a detailed water supply and sewerage pricing review and harmonising access and usage charges across the local government area.
“Council was commended by industry leaders for the successful implementation of the user-pays model for water and sewer access and usage charges,” Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor, John Rooney, said.
“This pricing model gives more control to households and moves away from households subsidising commercial users.
“We have seen water consumption decrease throughout the region, and this has allowed Council to achieve significant improvements in the quality of our resident’s drinking water.”
Council’s Group Manager Water and Wastewater Services, Gnai Ahamat, and Manager Water and Wastewater, Mark Rixon, were presented the award and congratulated by LGNSW President Linda Scott.
“Communities must be able to count on their water and sewage infrastructure to work, and be sustainably funded into the future,” Ms Scott said.
“I commend Snowy Monaro Regional Council on this award, and their prudent approach to infrastructure management so they can deliver quality water services for their communities.”