Despite Recent Deluge, Water Bills Set to Rise

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Massive storms and recent flooding, while devastating in their wake, have indeed bought welcome relief to Melbourne’s parched water catchments. Water storages are now 54.1% full, compared with 35.6% this time last year.1 But fuller dams do not signal cause for more relaxed water usage. In fact on the contrary, as our water catchments rise, so too are our water costs, said Anant Yuvarajah, of ASC Water Tanks today.

Water prices have increased significantly over recent years to fund multi-billion-dollar spending on desalination plants

Massive storms and recent flooding, while devastating in their wake, have indeed bought welcome relief to Melbourne’s parched water catchments.

Water storages are now 54.1% full, compared with 35.6% this time last year.1

But fuller dams do not signal cause for more relaxed water usage. In fact on the contrary, as our water catchments rise, so too are our water costs, said Anant Yuvarajah, of ASC Water Tanks Melbourne today.

“Water prices have increased significantly over recent years to fund multi-billion-dollar spending on desalination plants,” Mr. Yuvarajah said.

“Only a few years ago, the cost of dam water was around 40c a kilolitre, and was being retailed at around 85c. This reflected an annual water bill of $800 for the average home. Today, with current restrictions in place, and Melbournians using far less water, we are paying around $1000 an year.”

The cost of water from the desalination plant is $1.37 per kilolitre. This represents a retail price of $2.20 per kilolitre for the consumer. When the desalination plant comes online in 2012, the average household can expect to be paying $2000 per annum, Mr Yuvarajah explained.

“Compare any bill this year against the same period last year and you’ll see the evidence. And there’s no relief in sight. It’s an accepted view that electricity costs are set to explode over the next few years as governments are forced to commit to more expensive forms of green energy.”

“And higher electricity costs mean higher water costs,” Mr. Yuvarajah said.

Through pumping and treatment of water, water utilities are some of the biggest energy users in Australia. According to the Water Services Association of Australia, Sydney Water and South Australia’s SA Water are the largest electricity consumers in their states.

“Fuller catchments do not mean cause to rest on our laurels. The environmental urgency of changing how we preserve and consume our water has not lessened with the drought breaking. In fact the problems are more pressing than ever and are only set to increase in the future without real change,” said Mr. Yuvarajah.

Rain water tanks remain one of the best, most cost effective and environmentally friendly solutions for beating the price rises and helping our environment.”

Plumbing a water tank to the toilet and washing machine can save the average family about 24,000Ls of water over the course of a year Mr. Yuvarajah explained. “This could potentially save people thousands off their water bills, not to mention easing the strain on our public water stores.”

ASC Water Tanks are a Melbourne based firm specialising in the supply of affordable, high quality water tanks, that help Australian families drive their water costs down, by increasing their water self sufficiency.

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