Many customers, particularly commercial and industrial customers, have a water service connected to their property for an automatic fire sprinkler system or private fixed fire hydrant. This may be combined with the standard domestic/general potable water service or in addition to it.
Fire service charges are levied when TasWater has to build extra capacity into its network to meet peak supply requirements. Except for dedicated fire services, these should not be directly metered connections and are not often used.
When a separate dedicated fire service is installed, only automatic fire sprinkler systems and private fixed fire hydrants can be connected to the dedicated fire service. Fire hose reels are to be connected to the domestic/general potable water service.
Fire service charges are 25 per cent of the relevant fixed water target charge to recognise that the service is not often used.