TasWater executives received an 11-per-cent pay increase this year, but company chief executive Mike Brewster says this was because the team voluntarily took a pay freeze in 2020.
TasWater representatives appeared before a House of Assembly committee for the second day of government business scrutiny hearings on Wednesday.
The company's 10 executives received $2.88 million this year, compared to $2.59 million last year.
Under questioning from Labor's Dean Winter, Mr Brewster said this was largely due to a pay freeze on salaries for executives last year.
He said one executive took leave without pay which meant that salary increased this year.
Mr Brewster said when executives took leave, people who were put in their role in an acting appointment had variations to their own salary package.
Asset manager Andrew Moir, who had a salary package of almost $370,000 last year, retired in March and received almost $100,000 in termination benefits. Mr Brewster said that was a payout of his accrued annual leave and long-service leave.
Mr Brewster will leave his position on February 9.
TasWater chairman Stephen Gumley said the incoming chief executive, George Theo, would receive a salary in the field of Mr Brewster's $600,000 package.
Mr Brewster said he would get paid out the balance of accrued long-service leave.
"I can assure you that there is no special payment so I will walk out with what I'm legally entitled to," he said.
The company wrote off $600,000 worth of bad debt this year at an average of $827 per customer.
There are still 685 customers who pay their bills below the tariff.
What do you think? Send us a letter to the editor:
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.