Queensland Urban Utilities has announced it will freeze its part of the average residential water and sewerage bill in Ipswich in 2019/20.
This does not include the State Bulk Water Charge, which is set by the Queensland Government.
Queensland Urban Utilities spokeswoman Michelle Cull said it was committed to keeping prices as low as possible while allowing for continued investment in existing and new infrastructure.
“We’re pleased to be able to free our component of the average residential bill in Ipswich for the second year in a row, while at the same time investing around $71 million in water and sewerage infrastructure in the region,” she said.
“This will include an $18 million upgrade to the Bundamba Sewage Treatment Plant and $4 million for replacing water pipes across the region.
“Ipswich is one of the fastest growing local government areas in Queensland and this significant investment in essential infrastructure supports economic development.”
Ms Cull said since Queensland Urban Utilities was formed, it had kept its component of the average annual price increase in Ipswich to below inflation.
“We’ll continue to work hard to keep downward pressure on prices and deliver good value,” she said.
“We deliver fresh, safe drinking water to your tap for less than 1c per litre. We also remove, treat and dispose of all the waste water from your home for less than $1.70 per day.”
The State Bulk Water Charge, which is set and controlled by the Queensland Government, is increasing by 3.5 per cent in Ipswich in 2019/20, which will add $3.82 to the total quarterly water and sewerage bill.
The 2019/20 water and sewerage charges come into effect on 1 July, 2019.
The average residential water and sewerage bill is based on a water usage of 150kl per year.