Water Efficiency Management Plans (WEMPs) are created by non-residential customers and administered by Water Service Providers. They were created to "help businesses and other non-residential water users assess their current water use and identify additional water savings. The plans demonstrate if a water user is already at best practice in water efficiency or is planning to become water efficient in the near future".
Specifically WEMPs help businesses to:
|In SEQ and when directed by the regulator in regional Qld.
|2008 - 2014
|Not mandatory in regional Qld except under direction.
|not requiring customers to create (or ammend) WEMPs, not providing a report on customer progress within 20 days of a request by the Regulator.
|100 - 500
|No (WSP approves customer's WEMP)
WEMPs are administered by Water Service Providers and penalties can apply to businesses and other non-residential customers which do not complete their WEMP in accordance with the notification from the Service provider. Even streonger penalties are possible for customers who do not comply with their WEMP (s 53-55 of Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008).
Water Service Providers in South East Queensland were required under QWC Guidelines to participate in the WEMP process by specific dates in 2008 and a series of guidelines are available for different types of business.
In regional Queensland, WEMPs may be required at the discretion of Water Service Providers (see Guidelines) or can be required by the Regulator under certain circumstances. The Regulator can require a WSP to impose a WEMP on specific customer or a certain class of customers with a maximum of 500 penalty units for non-compliance by a WSP. Under certain circumstances, the regulator may require a WSP to notify their customers to amend or update their WEMPs with non-compliance attracting 500 penalty units from the WSP and 500 penalty units for a customer who does not comply with the resultant notice from the WSP.
A customer may also request an amendment to an approved WEMP. All WEMPs must be reviewed at least every 5 years. A report must be provided to the regulator with 20 days of request about progress on customers WEMPs with a 100 penalty units associated with not complying.
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