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The cost of water in Auckland is going up

Newshub logoNewshub 30/05/2019 Lana Andelane
a young girl in a pool of water: Auckland water and wastewater prices are changing on 1 July, 2019. © Getty Images. Auckland water and wastewater prices are changing on 1 July, 2019.

Watercare announced on Thursday that it will increase its water and wastewater charges on July 1, 2019.

Watercare expects the price increases will result in an additional $2.30 per month in an average three-person household (approximately an extra $0.54 a week). 

Watercare's chief financial officer, Marlon Bridge, says the price increases are necessary to cover the growing infrastructure and service delivery costs.

"Water and wastewater charges fund our day-to-day operations in supplying water to the people of Auckland, and treating wastewater to a high standard. They also contribute towards infrastructure renewals and expansion that support development across the region."

Per 1000 litres, the price of water will rise by 2.5 percent from $1.517 to $1.555 (including GST). The price of wastewater services will rise by an average of 3.3 percent.

Bridge adds that Watercare does not receive any funding from property rates paid to the Auckland Council, and does not operate to make a profit.

"All the money we receive from customers goes into operating, maintaining and expanding our infrastructure to maintain a safe and reliable water and wastewater services for the future."

Bridge says Watercare is planning to spend $5.5 billion on expanding and upgrading their infrastructure over the next decade. Water and wastewater charges will fund about 70 percent of the bill, with the additional 30 percent coming from borrowings and infrastructure growth charges.

What you can expect

  • Water prices will increase from $1.517 to $1.555 (including GST) per 1000 litres for all customers.
  • Fixed wastewater charges for domestic customers will rise by $7 to $225 per year and from $2.618 to $2.704 per 1,000 litres of wastewater discharged (including GST).
  • Wastewater charges for non-domestic customers will increase by an average of 3.3 percent.
  • The Infrastructure Growth Charge (IGC) will increase by 3 percent to $12,020 plus GST for metropolitan connections. The IGC rates for stand-alone non-metropolitan networks also increase by 3 percent.
  • See Watercare's Asset Management Plan 2018-2038 and Funding Plan 2018-2028 for information on our operational and capital programmes.

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