Water bills have shot up

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion - Michael Whit­worth Safety Bay

Hefty water price rises ( Sound Tele­graph 5/9) are af­fect­ing ev­ery house­hold, in­clud­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble, since the adoption of bi-monthly billing.

In 2012-13, the last an­nual bill, my water rates and water con­sump­tion bill was $841.

I draw an av­er­age of 100 litres per day from the sys­tem.

This fis­cal year, my an­nual bill will be $1276, a rise of 55 per cent in six years. Aus­tralian pen­sions are linked to av­er­age weekly earn­ings.

In 2012, the base sin­gle pen­sion was $18,077 a year. To­day it is $21,481 or a rise of 20 per cent over the same time pe­riod.

Ac­cess to clean water is a ba­sic hu­man right. It should not be used as an in­dis­crim­i­nate form of tax­a­tion based on the gross rental value of your dwelling.

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