Wa­ter costs ris­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - OPINION -

Wa­ter is about to cost you more.

Water­care will in­crease the price of its wa­ter and waste­water ser­vices from July 1, the first rise in two years.

Chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Brian Monk says this in­crease will see the aver­age house­hold’s com­bined wa­ter and waste­water charges rise by less than $2 a month.

Cost sav­ings have al­lowed the com­pany to de­lay price in­creases un­til now, Monk says.

‘‘Al­most two-thirds of our spend­ing goes to­wards cap­i­tal as­sets – the in­fra­struc­ture and equip­ment we need to pro­vide Auck­lan­ders with con­tin­ued ac­cess to high qual­ity wa­ter and waste­water ser­vices – while the bal­ance goes on op­er­at­ing costs.

‘‘We have seen cost in­creases in both these ar­eas and our new prices re­flect those in­creases.’’

Water­care cus­tomers are look­ing at pay­ing an ex­tra four cents per 1000 litres of wa­ter. House­hold­ers will pay six cents more per 1000 litres and waste­water charges will rise by $5 per year.

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