Water rates set to rise
Water rates are likely to go up by 5.1 percent from July, Metrowater has announced.
Chairman Ross Keenan blames the increase on rising wholesale water prices and wastewater charges from Watercare.
He says the rise will add less than a dollar a week to the average household’s water bill.
The price rise was approved by Auckland City Council before planned consultation on water pricing as part of confirming the annual plan.
The council had already signalled a 5.1 percent rise was likely this year, but that depends on whether ratepayers want to continue the controversial practice of taking charitable payments from Metrowater.
Three options have been put forward for the future: Scrapping the payments, continuing, or reducing over time.
Council supports reducing the payments over time, which would avoid a large increase in general rates.
Feedback on the annual plan closed on Tuesday. The council will hear verbal submissions in early June and adopt the final plan on June 19.