Bulk charge rise de­spite QUU freeze

The Queensland Times - - News -

IP­SWICH res­i­dents are in for at least some re­lief when it comes to pay­ing the wa­ter bill over the next 12 months.

Queens­land Ur­ban Util­i­ties yes­ter­day an­nounced a freeze on wa­ter and sew­er­age prices in the 2018-19 fi­nan­cial year.

Un­for­tu­nately, the freeze does not ap­ply to the State Bulk Wa­ter Charge com­po­nent of the house­hold wa­ter bill, which is set by the State Gov­ern­ment and, coin­ci­den­tally, will in­crease by 3.5 per cent dur­ing the same pe­riod.

This will add an av­er­age $3.67 to the to­tal quar­terly bill.

QUU spokesper­son Michelle Cull said about $23 mil­lion was be­ing in­vested in wa­ter and sew­er­age in­fra­struc­ture in the re­gion.

“This will in­clude $4.2 mil­lion for re­plac­ing wa­ter pipes as well as $3.7 mil­lion for lo­cal sewage treat­ment plant up­grades,” Ms Cull said.

“Ip­swich is one of the fastest growing lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas in Queens­land so it’s im­por­tant we lay the foun­da­tions for the fu­ture as well as re­new­ing our ex­ist­ing 3,400km lo­cal pipe net­work.”

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