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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 780 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 September 2018 by Hon Diane Evers

Minister responding: Hon D.J. Kelly
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 12 September 2018


780. Hon DIANE EVERS to the minister representing the Minister for Water:

I refer to the minister's response to question on notice 1389, answered on 21 August 2018.

(1) Does the $3 to $4 per kilolitre estimated cost of water produced by a new 50-gigalitre per annum seawater desalination plant include the cost of the additional water transfer and storage infrastructure required to move water from the plant into the distribution system?

(2) If no to (1), what is the estimated cost of additional infrastructure to transfer and store water?

(3) Please provide a breakdown of the $49.8 million spent in 2017–18 on drainage-related activities.


I thank the member for the question. The following information has been provided by the Minister for Water.

(1) Yes.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) The $49.8 million referred in Legislative Council question on notice 1389 represents the economic modelled costs of service for metropolitan urban drains, which comprises operating expenditure, depreciation expense and return on investment. The actual spend in 2017–18 on drainage-related activities for metropolitan and regional areas was $36.4 million. The breakdown is $20.8 million for operating expenditure and $15.6 million for capital expenditure.