Queensland Urban Utilities released this statement today, June 14.
Queensland Urban Utilities has announced it will freeze its component of water and sewerage prices in Ipswich in 2018/19.
This does not include the State Bulk Water Charge, which is set and controlled by the Queensland Government.
Queensland Urban Utilities spokesperson, 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 freeze our component of prices in Ipswich in 2018/19, while at the same time investing around $23 million in water and sewerage infrastructure in the region,” she said.
“This will include $4.2 million for replacing water pipes as well as $3.7 million for local sewage treatment plant upgrades.
“Ipswich is one of the fastest growing local government areas in Queensland so it’s important we lay the foundations for the future as well as renewing our existing 3,400km local pipe network.”
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 Government has announced the State Bulk Water Charge will increase by 3.5 per cent in our service region in 2018/19, which will add $3.67 to the total quarterly water and sewerage bill.
The 2018/19 water and sewerage charges come into effect on July 1, 2018 and are available on our website at www.urbanutilities.com.au/pricing