Wa­ter rates set to rise

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

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.

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