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Annual Report 2009-2010 Utilities Commission



Annual Report 2009-2010 Utilities Commission

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35 September 2010 4.19 The Commission is required to enforce compliance with the WSPO as if the WSPO were a determination of the Commission under the Utilities Commission Act. 4.20 On 1 July 2009, a WSPO was in effect that set a price path for increases in water and sewerage prices through to 30 June 2013, with prices increasing by 20 percent in each of the first three years and then in line with the CPI in the final year. Compliance monitoring 4.21 The Utilities Commission is required under the Utilities Commission Act to monitor and enforce compliance by licensed entities with regulatory instruments legislation, licences, codes and guidelines. 4.22 Licensed water and sewerage entities are obliged to comply with applicable codes, rules, protocols and standards, and to notify the Commission of becoming aware of a material breach of any applicable regulatory instrument. 4.23 The following Codes developed by PWC and approved by the Commission are in effect: Water Metering Code, which sets out the arrangements and conditions for installing, testing, verifying and replacing meters owned by the licensee and must be in accordance with guidelines published by the National Standards Commission. Trade Waste Code, which sets out the conditions on which the licensee will approve trade waste being discharged into the licensees sewerage services infrastructure. Development of a compliance policy 4.24 The Commissions approach to compliance monitoring for water and sewerage has been the same as that for electricity as discussed in the previous chapter. To date the Commission has relied on a annual compliance report by PWCs internal auditors (Ernst & Young), and advice from PWC on how deficiencies identified in the report are being addressed. 4.25 As discussed in relation to compliance in the electricity industry, the Commission will be undertaking a staged approach to an increased focus on compliance and has begun to explore options for ensuring that compliance systems and practices provide effective assurance of licensed entitys compliance with regulatory instruments. Compliance reporting in 2009-10 Annual licence returns 4.26 During the year, PWC lodged returns with respect to the 2008-09 financial year for each of its licensed areas of operation. 4.27 No substantive issues arose as a consequence of these licence returns. Compliance report of operations 4.28 As part of its annual licence returns, PWC is also required to include an audit of operations authorised by each licence and compliance with licence obligations. As in previous years, the 2008-09 audit was undertaken by an independent auditor, Ernst & Young.

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