Bulk charge rise despite QUU freeze
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.”