Water retail licence variation - Alano Utilities
- Project Released: 17 Jan 2018
- Project Closes: Apr 2018
- Contact: Julie Dixon
The Commission has received an application from Alano Utilities Pty Ltd for a variation to its water industry retail licence to allow for the provision of retail services to customers connected to a sewerage service in Liberty and Eden Hills estates at Two Wells.
Current status is Final
Variation - sewerage retail services at Two Wells
On 17 January 2018, the Commission has received an application from Alano Utilities Pty Ltd in accordance with the Water Industry Act 2012 (Water Act). The licensee is seeking to vary its water industry retail licence to allow for the provision retail services to customers connected to a sewerage service in Liberty and Eden Hills estates at Two Wells.
In assessing a water retail licence, the Commission considers the application against the relevant licensing provisions set out in the Water Act. It will also have regard to its primary objective under the Essential Services Commission Act 2002, being the protection of the long-term interests of South Australian consumers with respect to the price, quality and reliability of essential services, along and other factors as they apply to the Commission's role as an economic regulator of the South Australian water and sewerage service industry.
The Commission may only issue a licence if it is satisfied the applicant is a suitable person to hold the licence. In making its assessment the Commission considers (among other things):
- the standard of honesty and integrity shown by the applicant and its directors and major shareholders in previous commercial and regulatory dealings
- the financial, technical and human resources available to the applicant to provide the service safely and to appropriate standards
- the ability of the applicant to meet reasonably foreseeable obligations under contracts for the sale and supply of water at the relevant location, and
- the appropriateness of the water infrastructure proposed to be used in connection with the service.
In assessing an applicant against the above criteria, the Commission consults with other regulators, including the Technical Regulator, SA Health, Environmental Protection Authority and Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources which have regulatory roles in the water and sewerage service industry.
The application submitted by Alano Utilities Pty Ltd is subject to a public consultation period closing on 16 February 2018. Interested parties wishing to make a submission on the application and should prepare a submission, which addresses the criteria noted above.
Variation - sewerage retail services at Aston Hills
On 22 December 2014, the Commission varied Alano Utilities’ water retail licence to authorise the provision of sewerage services to customers located within stage 1 of the Aston Hills development at Mount Barker. Stage 1 consists of 160 residential allotments.
The Commission assessed the application against the relevant provisions of the Water Industry Act 2012 and the Essential Services Commission Act 2002 (as they apply to the Commission's role as an economic regulator of the South Australian water and sewerage service industries) and determined that all relevant criteria under those Acts have been satisfied.
A copy of the varied licence may be accessed below.