Pedestal upgrade complete
Every berth in Westhaven is now equipped with a new pedestal and soon berth holders will start to receive readings of their water and electricity usage.
Benefits of the upgrade include:
The pedestals enable boat owners to pay fairly for their actual water and electricity consumption. Until now, owners have paid a rate that is based on an estimated average, calculated according to berth size, which has meant that low consumers have subsidized high consumers.
Many of the existing pedestals were at or near the end of their useful life. By replacing all pedestals, we achieved uniformity of product, which will be more economic and user friendly to manage and maintain over time.
Berth holders won’t be charged on a user-pays basis for power and water until at least 1 July 2015. Note that some high use customers (mainly three phase) are already being charged for use. Electricity is currently charged at 27 cents per Kilowatt hour, a similar rate to what you are likely to be paying at home, and water at $5 per 1,000 litres. This fee is lower than household charges and reflects the fact that limited wastewater leaves the marina.
In the meantime, we will issue (with your invoice) regular readings from your berth’s meter. That way, you can get a picture of your consumption, and reduce it if necessary, or example, by turning off dehumidifiers and fridges/freezers or other appliances when not needed, the same way you would preserve electricity in your home.
More information about using the Westhaven pedestals >