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Water bills to rise in new financial year

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Sunshine Coast and Noosa ratepayers will be forking out more for water in the new financial year.

Unitywater has locked in its pricing for 2022/2023, announcing a two per cent increase in water and sewerage charges.

It means the average Sunshine Coast and Noosa household, using 375 litres per day, will pay an extra $7.42 on their quarterly bill.

That includes the State Government Bulk Water increase of $2.40.

Acting CEO Pauline Thomson says the increase will cover upgrades to essential water and sewerage infrastructure.

“We’ve committed over $1 billion over the next five years to continue providing reliable services to the communities we serve. We are also supporting sustainable population growth in our region, building infrastructure to service emerging communities like Aura and Harmony,” she says.

“We’ve worked hard to keep the increase as low as possible and at an annual increase of 2 per cent, it’s less than CPI. Our usage charges have remained the same since 2014-15.”

Ms Thomson says Unitywater’s Customer Care Program is always available, if anyone is struggling to keep up with the costs.

“We know it’s been a tough couple of years and if any of our customers are struggling to pay their bill, we encourage them to contact us as soon as possible so that we can help them – we have payment plans and other support available.”

The 2022-23 prices come into effect on 1 July 2022 and full details can be found at www.unitywater.com/pricing.