Rising water bills are making your budgeting even harder

Droughts, failing infrastructure and desalinated water are putting pressure on costs.

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Much of Australia is in drought – a perennial problem that hurts some more than others. While farmers struggle to keep livestock fed and crops growing, and some towns have strict limits on daily water usage, water – for everyone – is becoming an increasingly costly resource.

Infrastructure Australia (IA) warns that water bills could more than double by 2040 unless steps are taken to reform Australia's urban water. Add in costly energy bills and healthcare costs, and every retiree’s dollar needs to be stretched further.

IA chief executive Philip Davies says: “Unless we act now, we will soon start to experience rising water bills, high taxes or a decline in service quality.”

Modelling commissioned by IA shows that without action, a typical residential water and sewerage bill could be higher than $2500 in today's money by 2040.

The urban water sector has a strong track record of providing clean and safe water to more than 20 million people, the report says. But the ageing infrastructure it relies on is costly to maintain and is being put under further strain by climate change and our growing and changing cities.

According to analysis by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the average annual water bills for each capital city (with costs per kilolitre in brackets) are: Darwin with $1796 ($5), Brisbane $1408 ($8.90), Perth $1386 ($6.20), Adelaide $1165 ($6.80), Canberra $1136 ($6), Sydney $1085 ($5.30) and Melbourne $1003 ($6.70). Hobart was not mentioned.

Costs in Melbourne are expected to rise due to the dry winter and the biggest ever order of desalinated water.

Melburnians already pay the third highest water bills per kilolitre of any major Australian city and Melbourne Water warns the purchase of desalinated water will mean those costs will increase.

Here’s what you say about rising utility costs:

“Water is an essential product like electricity. State government need to act now. People on low incomes should not have to pay [for] water. Governments should encourage every household to install water tanks. Encourage water efficiency.”

“Why is it that when our utilities are privatised the costs go up dramatically? To protect people on fixed incomes, they should only rise with inflation.”

“I just got my water bill – there is a huge portion that won't go away even if I switch it off at the mains. Electricity is the same. Australia used to look after the low socio-economic people in society – until we sold it and put GST on top.”

“Of course, the system is ageing and falling apart, but whose fault is it? The Government is to blame.”

You may be a great budgeter, but make sure rising water bills are part of the equation.

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    TREBOR
    15th Aug 2018
    10:08am
    Tell us about it - $100 per quarter usage - $300 per quarter connection.

    What a joke... have to prop up the 'ceo' and cohort's super in this 'privatised venture' that remains part of council but not part of council and has entirely separate buildings next door with fine carpets and wonderful architecture etc, and short working weeks for soft feather bed workers.

    Apart from that - all is fine in the State of Denmark.....
    Anonymous
    15th Aug 2018
    10:14am
    Should be privatized.
    Waste of time these council owned corporations
    Hasbeen
    15th Aug 2018
    12:19pm
    Wrong both of you.

    Brisbane has the highest water charges, & that is because that bludger Beattie ran out of money, & took water off councils & made it a state government monopoly. This led to a huge increase in water charges, to try to get more money for his Labor government to waste.

    Water had been a profitable activity for councils, most of whom charged moderately, unlike the ratbag Beattie. With water gone, the rates had to go up to cover the lost revenue.
    Rae
    15th Aug 2018
    12:59pm
    Water and electricity should never be privatised. Private Corporations are too expensive to run with the excessive salaries, fancy corporate sponsorships, yachts etc they need to make them feel good about themselves.

    The water and electricity was just fine until the LNP imported millions of extra people in to prop up failing businesses and tax cuts and middle class welfare for votes.

    I remember when water was supplied by Council and taxes paid for it.
    GeorgeM
    15th Aug 2018
    1:16pm
    Water MUST NEVER be privatised - it is an Essential Service.

    Bad mistake by Govts to privatise Electricity and we all know the serious impacts of resulting high prices. Electricity needs to be taken back into Public Control - maybe by Govts setting up efficient, coal-fired power stations in each State to ensure cheap, reliable, base load power. Then, let the private sector fight over supplying additional power from renewables (if they can compete) without any subsidies.
    TREBOR
    15th Aug 2018
    1:24pm
    It is 'privatised' in the meaning of the term as applies to our 'government' for the past forty years or more now - meaning it's been created anew from the existing everything into a QANGO - a Quasi Autonomous Non Government Organisation...

    ... meaning it removes from 'government' any responsibility to the voter at them polling booth for any failure or malfeasance or massive cost increases - while accruing to itself the mantle of City Hall while ostensibly functioning as a private enterprise with a 'need' to create profit...

    Privatisation is the greatest lie never sold to an unwitting and unwilling Australian public.... just dumped on them instead without permission.

    If governments are fair dinkum about the REAL virtues of 'privatising' all our utilities into the hands of their mates for a fat earner or ten - let them put it to the people via plebiscite.

    I'll bet they never will ... no kick-backs and brown paper bags, no 'future position after politics' with one of their mate's new 'firms', in a plebiscite that would inevitably say NO!
    Anonymous
    15th Aug 2018
    4:51pm
    Should be privatized? Only a total Rightard moron would say that. Privatization has been a disaster! The price of water would probably quadruple once greedy corporations were in control.

    15th Aug 2018
    10:09am
    OAP is CPI indexed , so not a problem.
    Perhaps turn that swimming pool that’s hardly used anymore into a veggie patch and cut down on grocery bills
    Anonymous
    15th Aug 2018
    11:24am
    CPI indexed? Yes, but NOT cost of living indexed! Only indexed to a mythical figure that has nothing at all to do with the real costs incurred by pensioners.
    Eddy
    15th Aug 2018
    1:08pm
    Incorrect, or possibly misinformed, olbaid, OAP is indexed by PBLCI not CPI. If you look at the ABS website you will find that CPI is a measure of inflation not a measure of cost of living, two totally different measures.
    Cowboy Jim
    15th Aug 2018
    7:49pm
    Why do we have swimming pools in our area with the beaches 200 meters away, I often wondered. About that CPI and indexation, olbaid: that is a wholly doctored concept! Anybody paying bills and doing the shopping can tell you that.
    TREBOR
    16th Aug 2018
    12:18am
    Tell that to James Packer..... about that pool, I mean.... I'm sure he'll leap at a veggie patch to feed himself and his supply of lovers....


    (raises eyes to heaven in disbelief)....
    Rae
    16th Aug 2018
    7:36am
    CPI is a problem. It's so unrealistic now as to be useless in gauging the rise in costs of living or inflation. Another political tool from a desperate government unable to manage responsibilities.
    MICK
    15th Aug 2018
    10:13am
    A couple of pertinent comments:

    1. ALL government charges keep rising at a fast rate.
    2. 2040? What will wages be by then? How long is a piece of string?
    Anonymous
    15th Aug 2018
    10:16am
    Government shouldn’t be running businesses
    Inefficient and expensive
    Privatize and allow competition

    Government run corporations have no clue how to cut costs
    MICK
    15th Aug 2018
    10:46am
    You avoid the facts. Corporations are in it for PROFIT and governments should be providing services AT COST, even if that means slightly higher inefficiency losses.
    Water used to be dirt cheap. Then the Water Board was restructured. Water is still cheap but governments are now milking service businesses to give it more money to waste. That I suggest is the problem with fast rising costs in the public sector.
    God help us all if water is flogged off to the private sector. That'll be the day we disconnect and put in another water tank.
    Anonymous
    15th Aug 2018
    11:27am
    Unfortunately, many councils don't allow the use of tank water in the kitchen, and some don't allow it for showers or bathroom wash basins. We use tank water extensively, but we still pay a huge and unavoidable water bill. Used to be included in Council rates, but no more.
    TREBOR
    15th Aug 2018
    1:29pm
    By that yardstick - of too costly etc - no private enterprise should be running our power supply, roads, rail networks..... or anything else......

    What 'competition' is there for our local water supplier? Water tanks? A pump on the river? Try it on as your sole supply of water when 'town water' is available, and they'll stick you with a fee for keeping a record of your using water other than their own - which fee will amount to the costs of having 'town water' connected anyway.

    Out at the farm we had a septic and water tanks - lo and behold - the moment the 'council' wanted to upgrade the sewer system - nothing to do with us - they sent a day hire kid out to look over our septic system (which had been installed for two years at that point and was not due for any 'inspection' for anotyher three years) - and stung us for an $85 fee for 'inspection' never required or asked for.

    Government at all levels is NOT to be trusted in this nation... they are a pack of thieves who wield their position of responsibility and duty to the public as a blunt instrument against that public.... for whatever end they choose.....

    And that applies to every facet of 'government' here, including the upholding of 'what passes for law... a continuation of social war against the peasants by other means......
    Anonymous
    15th Aug 2018
    2:11pm
    Thank you Trebor - you make a great case for privatization.
    Government should be as small as possible and only to enact laws, policy and ensure compliance.
    Only services government should provide is policing and defence
    TREBOR
    15th Aug 2018
    3:09pm
    How so? So they can continue to rip off the long-suffering public?

    A quick glance will show that having one senior exec and a staff and no shareholders must automatically mean that prices are lower for the same service.... and at least the former executives of water boards and such actually learned their way from the bottom up and knew the 'business' back to front.
    TREBOR
    15th Aug 2018
    3:11pm
    I'm in touch with an organisation in the United States - former military persons - who seek security of resources such as fuel, gas, power and such as matters of national security.

    Any study of security issues for a nation will see that it is self-evident.

    I don't think I'm too far off, if at all, in saying we need the same approach here.
    Lark Force
    15th Aug 2018
    10:29am
    “Why is it that when our utilities are privatised the costs go up dramatically? To protect people on fixed incomes, they should only rise with inflation.”

    Now who'd a thought that would be a problem?
    Rae
    15th Aug 2018
    1:08pm
    There hasn't been a privatisation of utilities that has worked anywhere in the world.

    Businesses can't run utility companies as well as the public sector. They never could which is one reason we have Governments.
    Triss
    15th Aug 2018
    2:24pm
    Costs go up dramatically, Lark Force, because the salaries for the owners double, triple and quadruple every year.

    15th Aug 2018
    10:55am
    Privatize and give every household the proceeds in the form of shares
    The dividend payment and rise in sharebpr Very will more than cover small annual increases in costs
    Costs increased would be nowhere near as high as they are now
    Rae
    15th Aug 2018
    1:12pm
    Depends how greedy the CEO and board gets and how much the depleted overcrowding gets.

    If they fail we are back to cholera and typhoid again which will be nasty. I've no faith in private business now. Too many failures and greed and dishonesty.

    More likely they'll strip the assets, sell off the real estate and take off for whatever tax haven they crawled out of.
    GeorgeM
    15th Aug 2018
    1:17pm
    Hey, we seem to have Raphael back - with a new name!
    TREBOR
    15th Aug 2018
    1:32pm
    Somebody tell 'im e's dreamin'.....

    (chortles) give every household shares...... (falls on floor laughing.. my ribs are hurting).....
    Rae
    15th Aug 2018
    3:09pm
    Besides we already own the utilities having built them with taxes and get the dividends in the form of cheaper, non profit, prices.

    We already own the water resources. We don't have to sell them at all to enjoy the asset we own.

    Selling the Headwater's of the Murray Darling worked well didn't it?
    All that water is supplying Chinese consumers now.

    Bad enough we are subsidising power prices in China now without more water sales.

    Costs are only high now because they hived the water off and are gearing up to sell. Obaid and the Water Scandals proved how much money was in it and I can see how you'd like a piece of the action but the answer is NO!
    pedro the swift
    15th Aug 2018
    11:02am
    Services like Health,Power, Water,Education,Roads,Rail ,Banks,Post,Communication and a few others should NEVER be privatised. Any argument that it would be more efficient is rubbish. In the years that services have been privatised in this country they have become evermore expensive. Arguments about more competition are also rubbish as they collude to amongst themselves to keep prices high a la banks, and fuel to name a few.
    Maybe we should privatise Defense and the gov. it self. Would that make it more cost effective?
    GeorgeM
    15th Aug 2018
    1:20pm
    All good points - we are a small country (population-wise) and Essential Services must be kept in Public Ownership - they can then get sub-contracted work done by private companies as needed.
    TREBOR
    15th Aug 2018
    1:33pm
    Two jelly beans for both of you - got it in two!!
    auzie3136
    15th Aug 2018
    3:40pm
    GREAT ONE Pedro the swift Truer words never spoken you have hit the nail on the head. PRIVATISATION STINKS.
    Nika
    15th Aug 2018
    5:39pm
    Agreed! Privatisation is a sell out. A quick buck
    floss
    15th Aug 2018
    11:07am
    More people more water use lets stop this immigration racket now.Do not privatise and if you do it will only attract ever shonky operator in Australia,just look at your power bill.
    Triss
    15th Aug 2018
    2:26pm
    Dead right, floss.
    fairgo
    15th Aug 2018
    11:16am
    I would rather a govt run or semi govt body running all utilities. privatisation continually gouges the consumer. Typical examples of AGL and Energy Australia extreme profits and we now see how banks behave when the Gov Bank was sold off. Yes, envisage that our Govts will sell our water. God help us all.
    Further examples of greed and unhealthy private partnerships is TransUrban, fleecing everyone.
    mike
    15th Aug 2018
    11:39am
    Yes as everything becomes privitised prices must go up because privitisation needs to make a ptofit or else why privitise. Ask yourself why our governments dont want to do anything and its so much less work if everything is privitised. Our Gov just want to take our money and do nothing
    john no
    15th Aug 2018
    11:43am
    olbaid15th Aug 2018, check out the UK where Water is privatized and owned by German and French interests no UK tax paid, And costs so much, Do not write to your M.P it is foreign owned SORRY, privatizes electricity is dearer now as dividends have to be paid, my electricity was pay for the amount you used, now I have a $1 a day connection fee and $12 a quarter for the meter rent, Do you truly believe water would be different if privatized the infrastructure costs will increase to maintain a healthy balance sheet or are you just recycling your political dogma?
    Nika
    15th Aug 2018
    12:25pm
    I'd say political dogma. Privatisation is selling an asset once. Government owned is constantly selling an asset over and over again.
    TREBOR
    16th Aug 2018
    12:24am
    Not sure what you're driving at here, Nika ... Rae or OGR above hit it on the head in discussing the reality that an unsold utility returns a dividend to its owners - the taxpayers who bought and paid for it and maintained it for years - by giving a lower end price to those same taxpayers....

    How is retention of an asset repeat selling of it?

    How can anyone say that 'privatised' utilities such as roads, rails, power, gas, and water are returning that same dividend to the original owners who never agreed to a sale and never benefited from a sale?

    You're Polish, aren't you?
    Nika
    15th Aug 2018
    12:22pm
    olbaid, absolutely clueless! Why is SA power the most expensive in the world? Greed, unregulated privately owned utility. SA water, Government owned, one of the cheapest, best quality in the world. I work with SA Water and can say it's run as a tight ship, with aging infrastructure cost will have to go up but there's no greedy share holders demanding more and more. Defence already is partly privatised, Centrelink is being contracted out, more cost. Government is going mostly contract. Shuffling the purse makes the Liberals look good at the time but sell out Australias assets and the purse will no longer be able to fill. The author of this article is wanting her 5 minutes of fame by scaremongering bullshit.
    Anonymous
    15th Aug 2018
    1:16pm
    Haha SA POWER - blame labor and greenies for that
    Those Tesla batteries working yet ?
    TREBOR
    15th Aug 2018
    3:13pm
    *laughs - then snores*
    Nika
    15th Aug 2018
    5:36pm
    olbaid, and yet again showing your ignorance. The Olson LIBERAL Government sold ETSA off causing the prices to skyrocket. The Tesla batteries are doing great thanks for asking and I haven't paid a power bill since 2011 as our solar is great too. Sell an asset, get paid once. Own an asset and continue to get paid over and over again.
    TREBOR
    16th Aug 2018
    12:25am
    Exactly Nika - I retract my former statement... I get some idea of where you're coming from now.
    Rae
    16th Aug 2018
    7:46am
    Yes Nika our assets returned revenue to the States and Treasury but now multi nationals and foreign governments take the profits. It's a disgrace and will cause the sovereign default we have never had that they worry about so much.

    We have followed the UK Tory lead all the way to rising inequality and poverty.

    Privatisations have made a few bankers very rich and will destroy Nations.

    Friedman was wrong.
    HarrysOpinion
    15th Aug 2018
    12:28pm
    It's not the Water charges that are the high cost, it's the Council Access charges, in particular, the highest portion of the charges being Sewer Access.
    jackie
    15th Aug 2018
    2:58pm
    We get charged for the use of water out of the tap and the water going down the drain as well as for parks and gardens which I notice the council doesn’t bother with.
    TREBOR
    16th Aug 2018
    12:27am
    Our local park is maintained by a voluntary group who receive no funding. I once cut the grass gratis because I could not stand to see it from my back windows, being so long and uncut and unsightly.... the guy arrived the next day and must have scratched his head....

    I have a rideon..... small acreage compared to what we used to cut, but still - half an acre by hand is a bit much for an oldie....
    HarrysOpinion
    16th Aug 2018
    12:56pm
    So, both of you are not concerned with access charges, just water usage?
    OnlyDaughter
    15th Aug 2018
    12:52pm
    I live in a rural area and have tank water, although with these dry conditions buying a load of water costs $220 each load, so I am always pleased when it rains. My Mum's house in a Gold Coast beachside area, which is rented out to pay her aged care costs, has water bills of around $1350 a year. The most I ever recall paying in one year for buying water is $880 and that was when I had only one tank and not the two that I now have. I used to whinge about the cost of buying water, but after seeing (and paying) my Mum's water bills, I am really happy now.
    TREBOR
    15th Aug 2018
    1:34pm
    Same here when we lived at the farm.... water tanks and pressure feed from the hill behind the house - could shower without power.... and tank water brews better beer.......
    Cowboy Jim
    15th Aug 2018
    8:02pm
    Live near your Mum's place and I am familiar with water charges. We pay for all the water but we do not use it since we live in a unit, charges are about the same as for a house with a large garden.
    Cheezil61
    15th Aug 2018
    1:59pm
    Love this news service but honestly there is a lot more BAD news stories than hopeful or GOOD ones... we are all doomed it seems, especially as we reach our 50's & onwards!
    jackie
    15th Aug 2018
    2:54pm
    Stop migration it is adding a further burden on our water supply and contributing to the rising cost of living. We don’t need a new arrival settling here every minute and one second. It wasn’t that long back when renters never had to pay for water their landlords did.
    auzie3136
    15th Aug 2018
    3:34pm
    Good one Jackie I quite agree with you immigration is putting a huge amount of pressure one our water supply and should be stopped. We have problems with supporting such a huge amount of people as well as water for farming. Wake up Australia and say no to more immigration or perish for lack of water.
    jackie
    15th Aug 2018
    3:01pm
    olbaid...The water companies are privatised and some are foreign owned. I think mine is Malaysian. You see why the wrought. Councils contract out and lease everything too.
    johninmelb
    15th Aug 2018
    3:24pm
    Telstra aka Telecom Australia, aka PMG, started this racket of service charges.

    Way back in the day, phone calls weren't cheap, but the line rental was negligible. Almost every federal budget, the cost of calls went up. People started jacking up and making less calls, only using the phone when necessary, and only brief STD calls etc.

    As a result call revenue dropped and the alarm bells started ringing in 199 William Street, Melbourne (PMG HQ back then). What to do?

    Simple, reduce the cost of calls, and keep hiking the line rental every year. Guaranteed income and something we had no control over. PMG/TA/Telstra still got sxxtloads of money, no matter how few calls you made. Of course, automation made the cost of calls almost non-existent, so they didn't care.

    Exact same principle that both George Eastman and King Gillette used way back in the 1800's. Eastman made Kodak film cheap to buy, but slugged you for the developing and printing. Gillette sold razors cheap and slugged the punters for the blades.

    You will never eliminate wilful profiteering. Never.
    Cowboy Jim
    15th Aug 2018
    8:15pm
    Hehehe - same with the electric tooth brushes today, $20 for the brush with charger and $7 for each new head. Almost half of my electric bill is the supply charge, Cannot avoid that no matter how many times you switch your lights off when not in use.
    KB
    15th Aug 2018
    3:38pm
    South Australia has the highest cost of living which includes water bills. With lack of rain due to climate change all houses should have water tanks installed. That includes public housing trust homes
    Nika
    15th Aug 2018
    5:25pm
    You're wrong about that, SA has the lowest water costs, just done a report on it, google it. Highest power cost in the world though, because it's privatised.
    Anonymous
    15th Aug 2018
    5:27pm
    Highest power cost in the world because of its idiotic green policy
    Harrie
    15th Aug 2018
    3:48pm
    I agree with many of the contributors here. No utility should be privatised. All that does is allow profits to be taken by shareholders and/or distributed overseas. The profits should be for improving and maintaining the infrastructure. That way we would have the best systems possible which is important for national security and wellbeing in may ways.

    Most people probably don't mind paying for a utility services at the real cost even if that involves turning the power on to desalinate. What that does not include is massive profits for the private sector and a resulting ailing and inadequate system.
    Rae
    16th Aug 2018
    7:49am
    Yes we need to renationalise our essential utilities.
    TREBOR
    16th Aug 2018
    10:57am
    The 'vendor' - the 'government' - ensured that resumption of public utilities would be impossible by guaranteeing the 'buyers' in the event of any failure.... meaning, as happened with that road in Malbun - any cancellation would incur a fee sufficient to pay the 'buyer' out as if he/she actually did the work.

    No 'vendor' in his/her right mind (lemme think about that) would sell a 'business concern' and then guarantee the buyer income for life and total cover for any failure of the business.

    If I sell you a corner store and you run it into the ground by banning customers or charging double - would I then have any obligation to bail you out? Not as long as your arsehole pointed down, would I.

    ONLY our 'privateer' "governments" enter into such insane deals - which frankly rank with their Free Trade Deals and their 'global economy' as mainstays of economic destruction.

    15th Aug 2018
    4:49pm
    More good news...
    Kathleen
    15th Aug 2018
    5:02pm
    What a rip off the water extra charges are! People have been complaining for a while that it is the extras on the bill that are outrageous!
    Water tanks can only be used for the garden or toilet so that is irrelevant. Also, the water charge is not the problem it is all the other stuff on the bill.
    One person had used $10 worth of water but the bill was $200.
    So even if you are away the bill is exorbitant.
    Anonymous
    15th Aug 2018
    6:56pm
    please enlighten me kathy, a water bill,"tanks can only be used for the garden or toilet", we use our tanks (4) for all the above and have never received a bill, needless to say I would not pay that bill as I provide the means not only to collect that water but also to distribute, use and dispose of it on my own land with no damage to my neighbour and as I have stated before" a fool is born every day " and till such time people wake up and refuse to pay those bills and take action such as going to court, calling in the ombudsman, charging those who send the bills with harassement etc, one only can blame themselves, the law works both ways, use it to your advantage!
    Cowboy Jim
    15th Aug 2018
    8:09pm
    heemskerk99, you obviously live in a rural location where that is possible. Of course you do not pay the bill, nobody can't cut your supply as you are self sufficient. Lived like that once as well when young but now I live in an urban area and you have to follow rules unfortunately.
    Anonymous
    15th Aug 2018
    8:47pm
    kathleen was it not you who praised the victorian labor government for their good deeds while being in charge of victoria and complained about those evil characters who did not agree with you to the point you asked that those who did not agree with your comments be expelled of this site yet we did not see any comments by you in regard of the 20 or so ministers, representatives of the people of victoria who have RORTED THE SYSTEM AND USED THE TAXPAYER'S MONEY to get re-elected, yet have now refused to stand down of their positions, what we will see again will be your bleating of being misinterpreted by those who have a different view of the criminal behaviour of those using illegal taxpayers money's, the victorian labor party, to gain power in victoria, you complain having to pay water rates yet you sanctioned the labor party using taxpayers money to rort the votes, kathleen have you ever realised that the private corporations will make hay of the I KNOW BETTER politicians we, the voters, elect, till the likes of you and me use our brains we will be talking about the quality of politicians WE VOTED IN till the day we depart, the word of a politcian is worth the amount of money in his wallet, regardless of which party he/she belongs to!
    Anonymous
    15th Aug 2018
    8:55pm
    cowboy jim try my recipe, guarantee you come out winning, you are self sufficient so let them cut your water off, so what, just make sure you are self sufficient! same goes for electricity.
    Anonymous
    15th Aug 2018
    9:44pm
    heemskerk99, you can't just cut off water or electricity supplies if you live in areas where those services are available. You pay for them whether you use them or not.
    TREBOR
    16th Aug 2018
    12:32am
    heemie.. baby.. I was on total tank water before we moved here.... town water was not available - but if it was available - we would have been charged for access even when we didn't use it....

    Living in a town, the council will forbid that you cut off water supply and go it alone.... endless regulations....

    You must be in the real boonies.... good luck to you, but your situation is not that of the vast majority.
    Kathleen
    16th Aug 2018
    9:16am
    Heemsjerk, what on earth are you raving on about?
    This topic is water. The bill is huge because of the extras that are attached to it.
    By concentrating on water useage alone does not emphasise the fact that the bill is blown out by the other costs not the water itself.
    Rain water is no longer drinkable so only able to be used for the garden or toilet, not even useable in the shower. But water use is not the problem, the added costs are!!!
    Check out the bill to see this!
    BillieBoy
    16th Aug 2018
    1:41pm
    Heem....talking through a hole in your hat?
    Circum
    15th Aug 2018
    5:32pm
    What has Knows a lot been drinking?
    Anonymous
    15th Aug 2018
    7:03pm
    alp elixir since proved to be a b short lifespan
    TREBOR
    16th Aug 2018
    12:33am
    Truth serum - try it some time........... might create a sudden wakeup.
    Ted Wards
    16th Aug 2018
    12:47pm
    So ok then, goodbye swimming pools, spa's baths, lawn/grass, and other useless garden features (not referring to fruit and veg here just useless things like birdbaths and water features).
    The truth of the article is the date 2040. Hate to point this out to many of you, it wont be issue unless you live until your in your 90s or 100's. Yet again another negative report that frightens people for no reason. Inflation is a fact of life, no matter who you are, or what your income. Except of course for politicians..... Why speculate in this manner when the truth maybe that the opposite is true.

    16th Aug 2018
    8:10pm
    loved the comments on my last post, especial those of a few determined to stop me of giving an opinion, the likes of ogr, "you can't just cut off water or electricity supply" fully agree with you, the supplier will do that when you don't pay your bill!!!!!!!!!!! love the other comments of tremor alias labor mickie, just read his fantasies in these columns, the less said the better about a person with hallucinations grandeur, however quotes the likes of kathleen, such as "rainwater is no longer drinkable and unusable for a shower" one has to wonder who she talked to and for what it is worth, billy boy, the hole in my hat is there so as to give the water a free passage to my taps so I can get lovely showers, a bath, fill my glass or cup, etc without having to worry where the next water bill comes from and for reasons kathleen will only know, good to see you complain to your life choises about me calling you kathy instead of kathleen, your last post just proves the hypocrisy of your so called feminy abuses in these columns
    MD
    16th Aug 2018
    9:02pm
    Not being familiar with your neck of the woods heemskerk99 I should refrain from comment, but as a point of interest; in other parts of the woods where a reticulated main passes your property and whether or not said property is connected to said main, the property owner will be levied a 'right of access' charge, ie, infrastructure exists whether or not property owner elects to access. You may well be domiciled in a (relatively) isolated area without mains and therefore not a particularly wise move to denigrate others where their circumstance differs to yours. You remind me of the axeman sent to fetch some wood - he saw some trees and felled the forest.
    Anonymous
    17th Aug 2018
    2:25pm
    m.d. loved it, I can do with some for my open fire and b.b.q.