Changes in Queenslands Bulk Water Prices between 2013 and 2018.
Bulk water price increases based on household using 200 kilolitres per year
Percentage Change from 2013-14 to 2017-18.
41.0% Sunshine Coast and Noosa
15.6% Moreton Bay
14.0% Gold Coast
12.8% Lockyer Valley
8.3% Scenic Rim
The actual Bulk water cost in 2013 ??14 for a household using 200 kilolitres per year.
$371 Sunshine Coast and Noosa
$487 Moreton Bay
$494 Gold Coast
$499 Lockyer Valley
$520 Scenic Rim
The actual Bulk water cost in 2017-18 for a household using 200 kilolitres per year.
$523 Sunshine Coast and Noosa
$563 Gold Coast
$563 Lockyer Valley
$563 Moreton Bay
$563 Scenic Rim
Data Source: www.dews.qld.gov.au/water/prices/bulk-water
What is the Bulk Water cost for?.
The bulk water charge is to eventually cover the cost of providing bulk water supplies from Seqwater to the various council areas in Queensland.
Each council then adds on its own cost of local distribution.
According to the Queensland Competition Authority, SEQWater is selling bulk water at a loss, which is being funded by debt.
Even during the 10-year price increase path to 2017-2018, the bulk water prices are not expected to recover the costs of bulk water supply.