Auck­land water prices in­creas­ing

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Water prices would be ris­ing from $1.409 to $1.444 per 1,000 litres from July 1, while waste­water charges for do­mes­tic cus­tomers would rise by $5 to $205 per year.

The price of Auck­land water is go­ing up by 2.5 per cent. Water­care has an­nounced it needs to in­crease water and waste­water prices to sus­tain the growth of the Auck­land re­gion.

This will in­crease the av­er­age house­hold’s com­bined water and waste­water charges by around $1.75 per month.

Many fac­tors had caused the in­crease, Water­care chief ex­ec­u­tive Raveen Jadu­ram says, which in­cluded a swift rise in con­struc­tion costs. The re­new­ing of in­fra­struc­ture across the re­gion and the ex­pan­sion of de­vel­op­ments would be grow­ing Auck­land’s pop­u­la­tion by around a mil­lion peo­ple in the next 30 years.

To sup­port the growth, Water­care had pre­dicted a $4.9 bil­lion spend on cap­i­tal in­vest­ment over the next 10 years.

The com­pany does not make a profit or re­ceive fund­ing from Auck­land Coun­cil prop­erty rates.

Water prices would be ris­ing from $1.409 to $1.444 per 1,000 litres from July 1, while waste­water charges for do­mes­tic cus­tomers would rise by $5 to $205 per year. For non do­mes­tic cus­tomers, waste­water prices would in­crease by an av­er­age of 2.5 per cent.

PHOTO: MARJORIE COOK

To keep up with the growth of Auck­land, Water­care will be hik­ing up the water and waste­water prices.

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