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ACT: Average water bill for households may jump by about $130 a year if price increases sought by Actew Corporation are approved; seeks permission to pump water to Googong dam at a cost of $70m

Posted by waterweek on 3 October 2007

According to Graham Downie, The Canberra Times, (26/09/2007, p.1), the water bill for an average ACT household may jump by about $130 a year, $90 for consumption and $40 for waste water services, if price increases of 10 per cent for water and 9 per cent for waste water services sought by Actew Corporation in its submission to the ACT Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission were approved.

7.1pc plus CPI price increase sought: Actew was seeking an increase of 7.1 per cent plus the Consumer Price Index (CPI) price increase from July next year for water and 6.2 per cent plus CPI for waste water. The commission on 25 September issued a working conclusions report which addressed technical issues on the setting of water prices for five years from July 1, 2008.

$70m to pump water to Googong: It recommended this to the ACT Government in August but the Government was still considering the matter. The recommendation also included pumping water from the Murrumbidgee River near Angle Crossing to Googong Dam. That would cost about $70 million.

Penalising high use: If implemented, the cost of these recommendations would eventually be reflected in a further increased cost of water. In an attempt to discourage water consumption, Actew was also proposing a tariff calculated quarterly, which would penalise people with high summer use.

The Canberra Times, 26/9/2007, p. 1

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