Why Australia is getting a bad deal on its water tariffs
The ABC has uncovered the cost of the nation’s water tariffs that are on the rise and the costliest state-by-state deal for water is now being signed.
Key points:The Government is also trying to renegotiate the price of water tariffs with Queensland and the ACTWater tariffs are now on the increase in many statesThe ACT water tariffs are the biggest state-wide price hike in decades, costing consumers $2,600 per yearIn a move to cut costs, the ACT Government has agreed to negotiate a deal with Queensland to lower water tariffs from the current $4.80 per 100 cubic metres to $2.50 per 100 litres.
The deal is aimed at reducing water bills in the state by $1.40 per 100 litre, and is expected to save the Government $2 billion a year by 2019-20.
Under the deal, the average water bill in the ACT would be reduced by $4,500.
“It is good news for water consumers, and it is a major win for our state and territory governments,” Treasurer Rob Stokes said.
“Water consumers in the states and territories have been paying much more for their water and we want to help them get there by ensuring the price is kept low.”
As a result, we are looking to negotiate with Queensland on a new water price deal that will keep water costs low across all water users.
“Water tariffs were the most expensive in the world in 2016-17 and the latest tariff hikes have come as the ACT has experienced a drop in rainfall.
The ACT has had its rainiest year on record in 2016 with an average of more than 4.5mm of rain falling over the state.
Water tariffs will also be reduced across the state in the coming years, with the ACT’s rate cut from $2 to $1 per 100 cent.
The ACT Government is expected sign the deal at its state and territories conference in Canberra in July.
Queensland has already committed to a water tariff reduction of $1 a 100 cubic metre from the ACT.
Mr Stokes says the Government will work with the Queensland Government to negotiate on a water price reduction agreement.
He said the ACT is now “waiting on the Queensland deal” and “the sooner we get it signed the better”. “
The price of the water we sell in Queensland will be the same as the price we sell across the rest of Australia, so the average consumer will be paying less than they were before the water tariff cut.”
He said the ACT is now “waiting on the Queensland deal” and “the sooner we get it signed the better”.
Water prices in Queensland are currently $4 per 100 kilometres, which is about $2 per 100 metres.
State and territory ministers are expected to sign the agreement this week.
Under the current agreement, the price for water in Queensland is set to increase from $1 to $3.50 in 2019-2020, $4 to $5 in 2020-21 and $5 to $7 per 100 hectare in 2021-22.
But the ACT Water tariff has already increased from $4 in 2016 to $4 last year.
This is not the first time the Government has taken a step to save money with water tariffs.
The Government agreed to pay $1 more per 100 square metres in 2020 and $2 more per cubic metre in 2021, a move that saved taxpayers $1 million.
As well as saving water, the Government is now looking to reduce water tariffs in the NT, which has a total water bill of $8.5 million, $2 million more than in 2016.
However, the NT water tariffs were set to be reduced to $6.40 a 100 litres in 2019 and will now be reduced from $3 to $8 per 100 m3 in 2020.
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