SA wa­ter bills to rise with in­fla­tion rate

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THE av­er­age house­hold wa­ter bill will rise by $23 over the com­ing year.

SA Wa­ter has an­nounced that wa­ter and sew­er­age price in­creases for the 2018-19 year will be capped at 1.9 per cent on av­er­age, in line with in­fla­tion.

For the av­er­age metropoli­tan house­hold, with a house value of $447,000 and us­ing 184,000 litres, this will mean a com­bined wa­ter and sew­er­age bill in­crease of about $23.

En­vi­ron­ment and Wa­ter Min­is­ter David Speirs said South Aus­tralian house­holds faced mul­ti­ple cost of liv­ing pres­sures “from ris­ing en­ergy bills to un­jus­ti­fied coun­cil rate hikes” but SA Wa­ter had kept next year’s price in­creases to CPI. Its rev­enues for the 2016 to 2020 pe­riod are sub­ject to an over­all cap set by the in­de­pen­dent reg­u­la­tor, the Es­sen­tial Ser­vices Com­mis­sion of South Aus­tralia.

Mr Speirs said the Govern­ment would fur­ther ease costs by wip­ing $360 mil­lion off Emer­gency Ser­vices Levy bills over the next four years.

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