City West Water will be sending an insert will its bills in early 2019, outlining customers’ rights and responsibilities in a summary of the Customer Charter 2018-2023.

Updated every five years, the Customer Charter outlines customers’ rights and responsibilities and City West Water’s commitments to provide safe and reliable water, sewerage and trade waste services, as well as recycled water services where available. It specifies service commitments, guaranteed service levels and what customers are entitled to if City West Water is unable to meet those commitments.

Ms Fran Duiker, General Manager Customers and Community, said to City West Water’s customers, “When you get your first bill from us, look out for the Customer Charter Summary. What’s contained in the summary is important and has been carefully agreed to by City West Water and the Essential Services Commission, the independent Victorian water sector regulator.”

The Customer Charter focuses on the needs of three specific groups of customers: residential; trade waste and business; and non-residential customers. Developed after the launch of the Customer First Strategy, each Customer Charter has been shaped by City West Water’s renewed commitment to customers.

Ms Duiker added, “The Customer Charter contains valuable information about our hardship, vulnerability and family violence provisions. These are an important offer to those in our community in need or facing difficult circumstances.

“There is always a tendency to put something like this aside, into a drawer or on the reading pile. I hope our Customer Charter makes it to the top of your reading pile.”

City West Water’s Customers First Strategy, the three Customer Charters and the Customer Charter Summary are available online and can be downloaded, printed or viewed on screen.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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