Residential recycling plants are providing localised solutions to water sustainability. However a recent decision by the NSW pricing regulator Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) risks limiting the growth of this industry by placing further regulation on new schemes entering the market. Existing schemes will continue to be subject to existing pricing agreements or seek a scheme-specific price determination by IPART. New schemes with a recycled water plant could either seek a scheme-specific price determination by IPART; enter an unregulated pricing agreements, or be subject to the retail price determinations. New schemes without a recycled water plant that on-sell water and/or sewerage services will have the system-wide wholesale prices unless replaced by an unregulated agreement or scheme-specific price determination by IPART is sourced.
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