From fixing pipes to upgrading ageing water meters and protecting our environment, there’s a lot that goes into delivering clean, safe drinking water and a reliable sewer service for our community.

What your bill pays for

A general guide, based on the average bill for 2018-2023.


Water supply services

Buying water from Melbourne Water, sampling it and maintaining it.



Upgrades and building new water and sewer pipes, pumps and treatment plants


Wastewater services

Remove, treat and dispose of wastewater.


Operating costs

24/7 response and repairs, treat and supply recycled water and customer support.     

Usage Charges

It’s simple. This is how much you pay for what you use.

Water usage Price per kilolitre
Tier 1 (0-440 litres per day) $2.6888
Tier 2 (over 440 litres per day) $3.4307
Sewage disposal Price per kilolitre
Sewage disposal charge $0.8885
Recycled water usage Price per kilolitre
Class A recycled water usage charge $2.0205

How much is a kilolitre?

1,000 litres.

In a real world terms, a kilolitre is the equivalent of:

25 5-minute showers

222 flushes of a dual-flush toilet

7 top loader washing cycles

14 front loader washing cycles

83 dishwasher cycles (newer models)

A few simple changes can save bucketloads.

Here are some tips on how to save water so you’re not using and paying for more than you need.

Service charges

These are fixed quarterly or yearly charges which aren’t related to your usage.

  Price per quarter Price per year 
Water service charge $23.28 $93.12
Sewerage service charge $91.12 $364.48

Other service charges

We collect these on behalf of other government organisations to help support our standard of living here in Victoria. 

Parks charge Price per year
Minimum charge in 2021-22 $80.20

Parks charge

The parks charge is a once a year charge, it goes towards maintaining parks, zoos, gardens and cultural sites, such as the Shrine of Remembrance, we all enjoy as Victorians. We collect this on behalf of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP),

The minimum charge is $80.20, and is payable by all property owners. The parks charge is a property based charge which is payable on all properties you own. The charge has been applied on water bills since 1958.

Waterways and drainage charge Price per quarter
Minimum charge 2021-22 $26.39

Waterways and drainage charge

We collect this on behalf of Melbourne Water. The charge is invested in a number of areas, to keep our waterways healthy, protecting us from floods and ensuring new land developments don’t increase flood risks or damage the environment as Melbourne’s population grows and our suburbs expand. For more information visit Melbourne Water.

Pricing and charges handbook

A pricing handbook that provides a list of South East Water’s prices and charges that recover the costs of delivering the services our customers value.

Planning for the future with desalinated water

In 2021, we’ve made another order for 125 billion litres of desalinated water, without increasing your bill. So you can always rely on us for clean, safe drinking water.

Our Five-YearCustomer Commitment

We’re focusing on the areas you told us you value most:

  • Get the basics right
  • Make my experience better
  • Warn me, inform me
  • Fair and affordable for all
  • Protect the environment, support my community

Is your bill higher than expected?

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Financial assistance

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