VICTORIANS could face a doubling of water bills and a tax on each toilet flush!

As taken from the Sunday Herald Sun, February 22nd, 2009:

The State Government’s Water Price Review announced a key water strategy forum this week next month when the four major water authorities – Yarra Valley Water, South East Water, City West Water and Melbourne Water – will reveal details of proposed price rises.

They show Victorians will pay up to 100 per cent more for water during the next four years.

Yarra Valley Water’s submission shows an average customer’s bill will double from $511 in 2007/08 to $1005 in 2011-12.

South East Water is proposing an ascending set of price rises of almost 60 per cent during the next four

City West Water is planning to charge its customers an extra 21 per cent each year to 2012 – meaning its revenue will rise from $117 million in 2008/09 to $250 million in 2012.

Melbourne Water’s submission says its revenue will rise from $574 million in 2009/10 to more than $1 billion in 2012 – an increase of about 21 per cent a year.

“There has been a proposal for price rises of between 86 and 97 per cent to pay for some pretty major infrastructure,” Mr Clancy said.

Melbourne Water last year said the dams could dry up by 2011 if inflows did not increase.

Meanwhile, a CSIRO research team has proposed taxing householders for each toilet flush and charging only for volume of water used.

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