Most water and sewerage charges are made up of a fixed access charge for water, a fixed access charge for sewerage, and a variable price per kilolitre which is charged depending on how much water is used. However, the charges can vary depending on where you live. Charges vary as the cost of providing water varies across different regions in Queensland.
In most parts of the state, the water utility is the local council, and water bills are often combined with the local council rates bill. The exception to this is in South East Queensland (SEQ), where water bills are separate to rates notices.
Water charges in South East Queensland
In SEQ, there is an additional charge known as the State Bulk Water Charge. This charge is set by the Queensland Government and covers the cost of bulk water supply provided by Seqwater. It is a variable charge so how much a customer pays in State Bulk Water Charges depends on how much water they use.
Customers in SEQ might have noticed that water prices have increased in recent years. One of the reasons for this is that the State Bulk Water Charge has been increasing to pay for new infrastructure, including the Tugun Desalination Plant, Western Corridor Recycled Water Plant and a number of new pipelines. More information on the State Bulk Water Charge can be found on the Queensland Government website.
Information on the residential water and sewerage charges across SEQ can be found by visiting the following websites of each water provider:
- Queensland Urban Utilities
- Gold Coast City Council
- Logan City Council
- Redland City Council
QCOSS has released some water fact sheets which you can print to hand out to clients.