Water bills reduced: QUU

There have been mixed reactions across the Lockyer Valley and Somerset as Queensland Urban Utilities water bill changes for 2011-12 were announced.

From July 1, there will be an increase of $6.72 on annual water charges in 2011-12 for other Queensland Urban Utilities customers.

The State Government's bulk water charge will, at the same time, increase by around $40 on all bills.

Annual sewerage charges for 2011-12 by Queensland Urban Utilities will range from a $33.52 decrease to a $14.76 increase across the five service regions.

There is positive news for flood affected Lockyer Valley residents, whose properties were devastated in the January floods, as they will have their latest water bills waived.

Queensland Urban Utilities Chief Executive Officer Noel Faulkner said 161 Lockyer Valley properties, that were officially declared as “devastated”, will now have a six-month respite from all water charges.

Lockyer Valley residents will also benefit from a $102 reduction in water access fees for all Lockyer Valley residents.

A flat fee of $280 will be charged in 2011-12 billing, down from $382.68 in 2010-11.

The average overall 2011-12 bill in the Lockyer Valley also will decrease by around $48.

Somerset Regional Mayor, Graeme Lehmann, thanked Queensland Urban Utilities for the investment in the future of the Somerset.

“They are looking at a new sewerage treatment plant and an upgrade for the whole region, which will be an asset,” he said.

“Our fears were that we would get a big increase that we couldn't jump over and to see some areas get a decrease is heartening. I honestly didn't expect it and thought we would get a big rise across the board.”

Lockyer Valley Mayor, Steve Jones, said the decrease in water prices was positive, but hoped it stayed that way.

“Obviously we are trying to get the best deal possible for people and we don't want to have a situation where the prices go down now and go up a little later on,” he said.

 

“Now water is plentiful so we should be paying less, just like we would be paying more in a drought.”

Further information can be obtained on the Queensland Urban Utilities website: urbanutilities.com.au or by phoning 132 657.

Water Services – Lockyer Valley

State Government Bulk Water

Covers the cost of treated water that is supplied from the Queensland Government – $1.98 per kilolitre.

Tiered Consumption Charges

Tier 1 Consumption (first 300kL) – $0.23 per kilolitre.

Tier 2 Consumption (in excess of 300kL) – $1.09 per kilolitre.

Water consumption is charged per kilolitre (1kL = 1000 litres) and is based on your water meter reading.

Water Access Charge

A quarterly fixed charge to supply drinking water from Queensland Urban Utilities' network to your home - $70 per quarter.

Wastewater Services

Sewerage Access Charge

A quarterly fixed charge for ongoing connection to Queensland Urban Utilities' network, for the removal of sewerage and wastewater from your home – $105.21 per quarter.

Water Services – Somerset

State Government Bulk Water

Covers the cost of treated water that is supplied from the Queensland Government – $2.36 per kilolitre.

Tiered Consumption Charges

Tier 1 Consumption (first 300kL) – $0.24 per kilolitre.

Tier 2 Consumption (in excess of 300kL) – $0.54 per kilolitre.

Water consumption is charged per kilolitre (1kL = 1000 litres) and is based on your water meter reading.

Water Access Charge

A quarterly fixed charge to supply drinking water from Queensland Urban Utilities' network to your home – $70 per quarter.

Wastewater Services

Sewerage Access Charge

A quarterly fixed charge for ongoing connection to Queensland Urban Utilities' network, for the removal of sewerage and wastewater from your home – $125 per quarter.

Other Charges

Vacant Land – Sewerage Access Charge.

Lowood, Fernvale, Esk and Toogoolawah – $68.82 per quarter.


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