Whether running a household, business or charity, many Western Australians have been affected by the economic effects of COVID-19 and its impact on jobs and the economy. Water Corporation and the WA Government continue to work on support measures and programs.

What we are doing

We are here to support you

We’re here to help households and businesses during with a range of have financial support programs, including:

In addition, the WA Government has also announced residential water charges will be frozen, and wastewater and drainage charges either frozen or reduced, for households until at least 1 July 2021.

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We are working with the WA Government

The State Government has announced a range of measures to assist households and businesses financially impacted by COVID-19.

$607 million stimulus package to support WA households and small businesses.

  • This package includes a freeze on increases to household fees and charges until at least 1 July 2021.
  • You will continue to receive a two-monthly bill which will require payment – if you are having difficulty paying your bill please contact us, so we can help.

$1 billion COVID-19 economic and health relief package unveiled.

  • No households in Western Australia experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 will have their water supply restricted.
  • No interest will be charged on deferred bill payments for those experiencing COVID-19-related financial hardship.
  • No small businesses facing financial difficulty due to COVID-19 will have their water restricted due to late payments and no interest will be charged on deferred bill payments.

Wastewater charge relief for Water Corporation business customers to help boost COVID-19 economic recovery

  • Businesses with four or more major fixtures may be eligible to have their service charges waived for the period 1 May to 31 August 2020
  • Measure targets hospitality and tourism providers most affected by COVID-19
  • Charges from four to 200 fixtures will be waived for all businesses eligible for JobKeeper payments

Water charges relief for regional businesses affected by COVID-19

  • Delay to increases of non-residential water charges across 10 regional schemes
  • Prevents an average 11.6% increase to provide further COVID-19 financial relief

What you need to know

Your water is safe

Your drinking water supply is safe. The drinking water we supply to the Western Australian community meets 100% of the health requirements set by the Department of Health. Water treatment and disinfection processes, including use of chlorine, are effective in removing viruses from water supplies.

The advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Water Services Association of Australia is that there is no evidence coronavirus is transmitted via drinking water.

We are also prepared to ensure the reliability of your water supply. Our water treatment plants are secure, have back-up power supplies and require limited employees to operate them, with some able to be operated remotely.

There is no need to buy bottled water as safe tap water will continue to be supplied directly to you every day.

Maintenance and infrastructure projects

We continue to maintain and invest in our network as normal, delivering water, wastewater and drainage services to our 1.3 million customers across WA, while adhering to current WA Government health and safety advice.

Carrying out maintenance minimises the chance of unplanned water supply interruptions and our ongoing substantial investment in infrastructure projects helps support thousands of WA jobs during COVID-19.

 

Latest updates

11 Nov 2020 | Media Release

Wastewater testing underway to boost COVID-19 surveillance

Western Australia's wastewater testing program for COVID-19 has commenced, following extensive scientific preparation and analysis.

  • Community
  • COVID-19
  • Wastewater
28 Oct 2020 | Media Release

COVID-19 wastewater testing program on track

The McGowan Government confirmed today that the COVID-19 wastewater program is on track, with testing to start this week.

  • COVID-19
  • Wastewater
28 Oct 2020 | Media Release

$1.5 million investment in water efficiency flows into WA public schools

Public schools across the State are set to benefit from a new $1.5 million investment by the McGowan Government in water saving works, while providing opportunities for local tradespeople and suppliers, under the WA Recovery Plan.

  • Education
  • Community
  • COVID-19
  • Waterwise

For more information 

Keep checking WA.gov.au for the most up-to-date information and advice on coronavirus.

For up-to-date COVID-19 health information, including what to do if you suspect you have COVID-19, visit the Department of Health' Healthy WA website or call the Coronavirus information helpline on 13 COVID (13 286 43).

A number of water industry groups have resources available about COVID-19 and the operation of water and wastewater services.