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Tuesday
Jun292010

Water Bills to rise

South-east Queensland residents will be under more financial pressure from July because of a jump in water prices.

Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) is one of three council-owned water companies set up after the State Government overhauled the sector.

Today it announced water and sewerage price hikes for residents in Brisbane, Ipswich, Somerset, the Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley.

Bills will rise by an average of 10.7 per cent or $107 a year.

QUU chief executive officer Noel Faulkner says capital works and state bulk water costs make up 70 per cent of the increase.

"That's what we pay for the security of water supply in south-east Queensland," he said.

"It's a bit easy for us to be comfortable with it now but back when the dams were at 17 per cent it was a different kettle of fish."

On Friday, Redcliffe residents learnt Unity Water is lifting prices by 66 per cent.

The Moreton Bay Regional Council will help households by paying half of the increase.

Source: ABC News-Emma Pollard    Read Full article

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